BJP to Clip Clout of Ministers, Ex-BJP CMs in States
New Delhi: Several ministers in the UnionCabinetfromBiharandUPand ex-BJP c h i e f mi n i s t e r s of Uttarakhand, Karnataka and MP are set to lose a formal say in BJP’s decision-making in their respective states.
Worried that too many cooks could spoil the broth, BJP president Amit Shah has fixed a ceiling of 13 members in each of the party’s core units in states. A directive to this effect outlining the criteria of members will be issued by BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal soon, according to sources.
Shah’s new criteria stipulates that no more than two former chief ministers can be part of BJP’s core units in states. Uttarakhand has three former CMs — BC Khanduri, BS Koshyari, RP Nishank and a potential entrant in Vijay Bahuguna — while Karnataka has three in BS Yeddyurappa, S a d a n a n d a Gowda, Ja g a d i s h Shettigar and two former deputy CMs and Madhya Pradesh has four in Kailash Joshi, Sunderlal Patwa, Uma Bharati, Babulal Gaur.
Another criteria will be that no more than three members of the Union Councilof Ministerscanbepartof the state core groups. Bihar has five central ministers in Radhamohan Singh, RS Prasad, RP Rudy, Giriraj Singh, RK Yadav and UP has 12 — Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra, Uma Bharati, Menaka Gandhi, VK Singh, Santosh Gangwar, Mahesh Sharma, MA Naqvi, Sanjeev Balyan, Manoj Sinha, Ram Shankar Katheria and Niranjan Jyoti.
Shah has outlined that not more than 2-3 members of BJP’s national officebearers from any state can be a member of the state core group that would lead to several central office-bearers losingtheirpositionintheparty’sstate core groups. Shah had announced the decision at the national executive but a formal directive is set to be sent to state units to ensure it is followed. The move was aimed at curbing massive core groups to accommodate various factions within state units. Core groups are not a well-defined structure in BJP but an informal arrangement of small group of leaders for informal decision on issues that need wider consultation within state units.