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- Lucknow BBC correspondent
In Uttar Pradesh, 100 days of Yogi Sarkar will be completed. Swatantra Dev Singh, the current state chairman of the party and close to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has been a minister in his cabinet since day one.
Since his tenure, the discussion of many names for the party’s new state president had begun, but the central leadership is in no hurry to make him a new state president.
It has been a tradition in the BJP that it does not give any leader a place in both the organization and the government simultaneously. Especially in a state like Uttar Pradesh, where he has been accusing the SP and BSP leaders of occupying both the party and the government.
But the situation is completely different now. In a state like Uttar Pradesh where the party is in full force, does it not consider it necessary to appoint a new president of the state or is it looking for a face that is the most effective from the point of view of its 2024? Elections in Lok Sabha?
The election cycle continues at UP
Uttar Pradesh is continuously running in election mode and development related to this has been rapid. First the government was formed, then elections were held to the Rajya Sabha. After that elections were held in the MLC and then Lok Sabha by-elections were held in Azamgarh and Rampur and now the president will be elected.
But experts believe it is not affecting the functioning of the BJP party and the decision-making process.
Anand Rai, a Uttar Pradesh journalist who has long covered the BJP, says: “There are two things, first there were elections to the Legislative Council, then even by-elections, and then the people of the party would not want the elections for a new president Fighting Because bringing a new president changes things back to the old organization, they wouldn’t want that to change now.And when all the elections are over, etc., the name of the new president will be able to announce the day The July 18 presidential election will be held later. ”
At the same time, journalist Ratibhan Tripathi says: “New elections have been held, now the party is in an atmosphere of celebration, it is in an atmosphere of joy. Swatantra Dev Singh is the current president, the work is being done doing it from him. The party organization is doing its programs. ” I think when the 100 days of government are over, then attention will be paid to the new president of the state.
Is there a difference of opinion in the party about the names of the president or the central leadership wants to keep the command of the state in their own hands, and is this the reason for the delay in the decision? In this regard, journalist Anand Rai says, “All these discussions and speculations are made in the organization. All these things are speculations, but their main goal is the same. Not even the official statement of anyone about the differences and the fight can come and no one will speak.But the coordination of both the organization and the government is visible in the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has always been its effort to win elections only with the coordination of the organization and the government.
Do the faces of Brahmin-OBC become president of the state?
The party won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections under the presidency of Laxmikant Bajpai, a great Western leader. And the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is now Minister of the Center. Both parties have great Brahmin leaders in UP.
The party won the 2017 assembly elections under the leadership of Keshav Prasad Maurya and in 2022 under the leadership of Swatantra Dev Singh. Both are among the prominent faces of the party’s OBC.
For the Lok Sabha elections, the current formula of the BJP has been to deliver the leadership of the Brahmin leaders. Prior to the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Kesari Nath Tripathi was appointed president of the state. Ramapati Ram Tripathi in 2009. In 2014, Laxmikant Bajpayee and in 2019 Mahendra Nath Pandey were appointed presidents of the state.
So is there any party strategy behind competing in the elections under the leadership of Brahmin in Lok Sabha and the president of the OBC state in Vidhan Sabha or is it just a coincidence? Journalist Anand Rai says of this: “The scope of the Lok Sabha is a bit bigger and the backward castes and their vote are more important in the assembly. They can be said to show their equation in their own way to win. BJP There is also a slogan, given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to which Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Prayas have also been added.
Uttar Pradesh chief journalist Ramdutt Tripathi also believes that making the state president is not the party’s priority. He says the BJP is trying to strike a balance with his appointments, “Because now that the upper caste is the prime minister, it sometimes happens that if the prime minister is of the upper caste, the state president of the party should be of a backward caste “.
The question also arises as to whether the BJP can make a Dalit confront the UP party chairman to take advantage of Mayawati’s political weakness? Because of Mayawati’s image of inaction in the UP assembly elections, word spread that even her core “Jatav voter” left her and went to BJP and SP. The percentage of BSP votes dropped from 19% to 12%.
So can the BJP do a new social engineering experiment with the office of state president? Journalist Ratibhan Tripathi says of this: “The party has tried to give a great message to a tribal woman by running for the presidency of the country and it is a big step in itself. This news comes from the party even at the state level. Dalit can also take responsibility for the president of the state. ”
But Ramdutt Tripathi says about it: “It’s very hard to love, but it’s a matter of fact that we’re in balance. Maybe the president of the state is a little behind.”
What names are in the discussion?
Chief journalist Ramdutt Tripathi says that when the government is in power in the state, the office of state president is of no special importance. He says: “Here, the organizing minister Sunil Bansal sees all the work. Even if the party president was Swatantra Dev, his absence made no sense. When there is a government, all the work is done by the minister. in chief or the The party is who He is the general secretary, is observing. So the president does not have a very different role. ”
According to Ramdutt Tripathi, when the party is not in power, the role of the party’s state president is more.
But if the party decides to turn a Dalit into the president of the state, then the name of the party’s Etawah deputy, Ram Shankar Katheria, may be at the forefront. He is the president of the National Commission of Scheduled Castes and Tribes and comes from Agra and has also been its deputy. He has also been the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development from 2014 to 2016. The party has already given a message to Dalit voters including Baby Rani Maurya and Aseem Arun in government.
Journalist Ratibhan Tripathi says, “Katheria’s name comes from Agra. The name of Kannauj MP Subrata Pathak also appears. Some also take the name of Uttar Pradesh’s former cabinet minister and Mathura Shrikant Sharma’s MLA.” Shrikant Sharma does not take place in the Yogi cabinet this time. Therefore, there is a lot of discussion in the media about how to get him an important organizational responsibility.
But Ratibhan Tripathi says, “All these names are up in the air. No one knows what the party’s top leadership has decided.”
Will the party try to give any message with the appointment of the president of the state? On this, journalist Ratibhan Tripathi says: “You see, in the 2017 elections, he tried to send a message by making Keshav Prasad Maurya, a backward leader, as president of the state. Keshav Maurya has established himself as a “It is because of efforts to convey a message that the decision is being delayed.”
How are decisions made in the BJP?
In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 10 seats in UP and had a voting share of 22.2%. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 10 seats, but the share of votes dropped to 17.5%, but in 2014, the BJP returned and the party won 71 seats in UP and the share of vote increased to 42.6%. In 2019, BJP seats dropped from 71 to 62, but the voting share reached 50%.
It is clear that the party will try to put the command of the state organization in the hands of one person so it maintains this trend.
Some political experts believe that the decision-making method in the new BJP has been centralized. Discussions take place at the lower level, suggestions arrive, but the decision is ultimately made by the central management.
Referring to this, Ratibhan Tripathi says: “The process of selecting any party is to be the one that comes out of local comments and brainstorming from the top management, that is the final conclusion. I think the party ignores the comments below “. to win the next election. Whether it is the prime minister or the deputy chief minister, everyone has started saying that we will win 80 of the 80 seats in the next Lok Sabha. ”
What does the BJP say about the delay?
BJP spokesman Rakesh Tripathi said of the delay in selecting the BJP state president in Uttar Pradesh: “The Bharatiya Janata Party is a cadre-based organization. Organizational programs continue because the party has just held two elections. – Local elections in Lok Sabha.Our focus was there.The focus of the party is on the presidential elections at the moment and the 100 days of the UP government are also being completed.We hope the organization decides on this context very soon “.
Can Swatantra Dev Singh continue as party chairman while he is minister?
In this regard, Rakesh Tripathi says: “The organizational term in the Bharatiya Janata Party is three years. Here a person holds a position. Since the current president of the state in Uttar Pradesh is the minister of Jal Shakti in the government of ‘Uttar Pradesh. So, of course, it is a difficult task to exercise both the responsibility of the president of the state and that of a minister of a department. So the party decides in this context that a person will work for the same. If he decides to do so, he will inform everyone as well. “
Will the party choose the president taking into account the caste equation? On this, Rakesh Tripathi says: “No leader is selected in the party on the basis of caste. This is the point of view of analysts. The party gives a chance to those it deems appropriate, such as accountability and here it is. for life. There is no position to find. “