BJP to Clip Clout of Min­is­ters, Ex-BJP CMs in States

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

IN­FOR­MAL AR­RANGE­MENT

ANIR­BAN BORA

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