BJP state executive divided on caste lines

BHOPAL : On the first day of the two-day meeting of BJP state executive committee at Rewa, the issue of reservations in promotion dominated the discussions.

The political resolution adopted at the meeting reiterated the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assurance given in AJAKS convention that the reservations would continue. The resolution said that the government may go the extent of promulgating a new law for that purpose. The resolution said that the chief minister should move forward in that direction and he would get full support from BJP workers. However, during discussions on the resolution, Chouhan’s stance drew protests.

Executive body member Jai Singh Kushwaha said that the resolution should be amended. He said Chouhan’s statement had disturbed the mental state of 80 per cent of the office-bearers present at the meeting. Other leaders belonging to general category like MP Alok Sanjar, MoS Deepak Joshi and minister Umashankar Gupta tried to speak on this issue after Kushwaha but they were not allowed.

State in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe was not in agreement with government’s stance on the issue. He said there was unanimity among the central and state governments on the issue that the judgment of the Supreme Court would be acceptable. National general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said the decision of the Supreme Court should be accepted. Vijayvargiya said the issue is causing disaffection in society which should be checked.

On the other hand, BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan was in total support of the government’s stance. He said the party was clearly of the view that reservations in promotion should continue. The ministers belonging to scheduled caste category Gaurishankar Shejwar, Lal Singh Arya and Rajya Sabha MP Satyanarayan Jatia supported the CM.

Don’t take meetings as political tourism: Sahasrabhudde

BHOPAL : In a two-day meeting of BJP state executive body at Rewa, state in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe sternly advised ministers and office-bearers not to take party  meetings as political tourism.

He said meeting of whatever level – Mandal, district or state – were an opportunity to communicate with colleagues. Pointing at ministers, Sahastrabudhey said the distance between ministers and party workers was growing which was not good.

Sahasrabuddhe said party organisation gets the benefit of good works of the government and we should work as complementary organ of the government. He urged MPs, ministers, MLAs and party office-bearers to share ‘success stories’ of the government with their friends and party workers. They should also make party workers partners in their achievements, which would create positive atmosphere in society, develop trust and ensure success of the government schemes and programmes.

BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said in the executive body meeting held in 2003 in Vindhya region, the party organisation had resolved to uproot the Congress rule and obtain popular mandate.

 He said BJP government had gifted progress to the state and in the recent past Simhastha Mahakumbh-2016 was held successfully in Ujjain.

 He added that the ‘Amrit’ which came out of ‘Vaicharik Mahakumbh’ will benefit the state, the country and the world. He also said that the party workers would go to the public with achievements of the central and state government and will also make them aware of the achievements of the BJP government.

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