Shah Trans­fers MP BJP Gen Secy To Delhi

BJP is be­lieved to have asked RSS to pro­vide a re­place­ment RSS pracharak Arvind Menon’s trans­fer seen by in­sid­ers as set­back to Chouhan

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah has trans­ferred Arvind Menon — an RSS ‘pracharak’ serv­ing as BJP’s gen­eral sec­re­tary (or­gan­i­sa­tion) in Mad­hya Pradesh — for an unas­signed re­spon­si­bil­ity to New Delhi. Menon is con­sid­ered close to chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party in­sid­ers see the devel­op­ment as a set­back to the CM. The change was in­ti­mated to Chouhan through a let­ter on Sun­dayfromArunSingh,na­tional party gen­eral sec­re­tary con­sid­ered close to Shah. Menon, has been asked to re­port to the BJP’s na­tional head­quar­ters. UP BJP’s or­gan­i­sa­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Rakesh Jain was also sent to Delhi sim­i­larly af­ter the 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tions but was not as­signed any par­tic­u­lar task.

BJP is be­lieved to have re­quested the RSS to pro­vide a suit­able re­place­ment for Menon.Ac­cord­ing­toaBJPin­sider, the RSS has agreed to loan its ‘prant-pracharak’ for cen­tral In­dia to re­place Menon. A for­mal an­nounce­ment is ex­pected soon. BJP in­sid­ers say Menon was close to ChouhanandUnion­steelmin­is­ter Naren­draSinghTo­mar,the­former MP unit chief of the party. Both had asked for Menon’s re­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to party in­sid­ers.

“The­gen­er­alsec­re­tary(or­gan­i­sa­tion) is ex­pected to work with the state unit chief and the chief min­is­ter. But, he is not ex­pected to be likeo­neof them.That­would­mean that the troika can stonewall al­ter- na­tive sug­ges­tions within the party unit,” a party leader said. “The Vya­pam scan­dal has af­fected BJP’s state or­gan­i­sa­tion and it re­flects poorly on the per­son in-charge of the state or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said another BJP in­sider, who al­leged that Menon’s or­gan­i­sa­tion man­age­ment “took the sheen off his moral au­thor­ity among party cadre.” Menon’s re­moval has come months af­ter the chief min­is­ter man­aged his choice NK Chouhan re-elected as the state BJP chief. Ac­cord­ing to BJP sources, the cen­tral lead­er­ship was not in favour of theChouhan-Menon-NKChouhan


Change inti- mated via a let­ter on Sun­day from Arun Singh, na­tional gen secy con­sid­ered close to Amit Shah

troika in Bhopal. Menon is be­lieved to have sought the sup­port of Chouhan and Naren­dra To­mar and na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary (or­gan­i­sa­tion)Ram­lal,af­ter­he­sensed he could be moved out.

Menon’s first as­sign­ment in BJP was at In­dore in 2003. He went up the or­gan­i­sa­tion lad­der to soon be­come as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of MP BJP and was in-charge of Mahkaushal re­gion. He was made gen­eral sec­re­tary for MP in 2011 when he de­vel­oped a rap­port with Shivra­jSinghChouhan,ac­cord­ing to party in­sid­ers.

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