Free Press Journal

Maharashtra: BJP now forces ministers to listen to public grievances at party office


Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held two meetings in the last eight days. First one, after scraping through the Gujarat polls, the central leadership of the held a chintan baithak, review meeting in Delhi. And the second review meeting was held after the Bhima-Koregaon violence.

In the first meeting, the feedback given was there is unrest among farmers over the failure to implement loan waiver scheme which has damaged the image of the state government. The second meeting has reviewed over violence erupted in Maharashtra after Bhima-Koregaon incident which created caste issue and according to party leaders, damaged the image of the state.

Keeping in mind the political situation, the BJP leadership has instructed their ministers to attend ‘mantri-karykarta samvad’ (dialogue between ministers and party workers) as well as with general public at the party offices regularly. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari, union minister for road transport and shipping has been excluded from this mandatory meeting due to their hectic schedules.

Amit Shah, the president of BJP has given a day to every minister to spend time every week at the state party units. They will have to interact with people and listen to their grievances. The ministers are expected to act on these issues and ensure they reach their conclusion.

“BJP state office bearers had drafted a tight schedule to call every party minister at their party office where people could interact with them. This schedule was followed till the end of 2016. However, due to a hectic which began with local body elections, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation polls, followed by elections of municipal council, Zilla Parishad and Gram Panchayat, the ministers were not able to spend time at the party offices,” said a BJP office bearer.

The source said, the central BJP leadership got worried as the gap has widened between the party workers and ministers. “The party undertook intense membership drive and appointed booth level workers. However, this does seem to be insuffocient, as the party leaders are ignoring the basic communication with the people. The issues remain unresolved and if this continues, it will be difficult to regain power,” said a central party top leader.

Meanwhile, the state BJP has decided to call ministers at party office on regular basis and publicise Samvad at the state level to ensure party workers and public know of the dates specifically allotted to every minister. The party office has published the schedule for the month of January and various ministers will be available on 14 different dates at state party office.