The hesitant steps in restructuring the BJP could spread over next 18 months and culminate in several new entrants in the organization after the election of party president is decided by the end of the year.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayemsewak Sangh (RSS), have begun tentative exercise to restructure the party organization and plan for induction of new talent in the party in coming months. Several interactions have taken place in New Delhi, Nagpur and Lucknow with focus on bringing new talent in the party, which in course of time could be part of future governments.
The hesitant steps in restructuring the BJP could spread over next 18 months and culminate in several new entrants in the organization after the election of party president is decided by the end of the year. Many organisational stalwarts who could not be accommodated in the government, may enter the Rajya Sabha during the biennials due next year.
There is also move afoot to bring young activists into Rajya Sabha as the party realises that many of the BJP’s lateral entries into the House of Elders have not contributed substantially in reducing talent deficit in the party and the government.
The immediate fallout of the BJP-RSS plans could be shifting several of the party seniors to various Raj Bhawans across the country. Terms of at least four Governors—Ram Naik, OP Kohli, Kaptan Singh Solanki and Kesarinath Tripathi— are expected to end this month and the broader Sangh Paarivar may utilise the opportunity to initiate first step at restructuring.
The choice of West Bengal Governor would be of immense interest considering the manner in which the BJP has raised its stakes in the State to challenge domination of the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Bannerjee. Tripathi, a well known lawyer is an old party veteran, is known for handling many a tricky situation in a suave way. As Speaker of Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 1990s, he had often rescued the BJP government in the State through shrewd interpretation of the Constitution and the anti-defection law.
Tenure of former Intelligence Bureau director ESL Narasimahan, who is Governor since 2009, ended on June 2. He has, however, been asked to continue. He is currently Governor of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Next two months will also see terms of some more Governors coming to end, including Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh. In case, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is not accommodated in any of the Raj Bhawans, Kalyan Singh will have to face prosecution for Babri Masjid demolition along with Uma Bharati, LK Advani and MM Joshi. With Ram Mandir issue still carrying an emotional appeal for the wider Sangh Paarivar, any decision on Kalyan Singh would be watched with interest by leaders across political parties.