BJP’s internal bickerings push State unit reshuffle in a limbo

Gandhinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gujarat unit reorganisation, which was due in December and the State office-bearers along with district in-charge and observers had also taken the feedback of the local units, is being continuously postponed because of internal disputes and the senior leaders are finding it difficult to balance caste equations.

Party sources said that 33 district units’ office-bearers and committees of major cities were to be formalised in the second week of December.

At primary level, a consensus was taken on the panels decided by the observers. But later pressure started mounting on the party leaders to drop some names and add few others on the pretext of balancing caste equations and loyalty.

The other major issue that the party is grappling with is about leaders and party workers “imported” from other parties and imposed on the original workers. Now the original party workers and leaders are exerting pressure on the senior leaders not to give any plum posts to outsiders, who have joined the party in recent years, sources said.

Though the party claims that there is no groupism, sources revealed that earlier there were two major groups, one owing allegiance to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the other of former chief minister and Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel.

But now from these two splinter groups, one more faction has emerged that claims loyalties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this group wants that Shah and Patel lobbies should stop internal bickerings and work together in the interest of the party.

Another challenge before the party is to activate various cells. At present, only the BJP Yuva Morcha and women’s cell are visible, while other cells like Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, OBC and Minorities are almost in a dormant state.

So the party also needs to bring in a major reshuffle in these cells to activate them much before the elections to the district panchayats and municipal corporations in December.