BJP UP President Bhupendra Chowdhary
– Photo: Amar Ujala
The announcement of the new team of state office bearers of BJP is stuck in the matter of caste balance. The issue has been complicated by multiple claimants belonging to the same caste for the same post. Churning is going on at the level of the central leadership. However, the list will get the green signal from the national headquarters only.
State President Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary and General Secretary Organization Dharampal Singh have handed over the panel prepared with the consent of the core committee to the national leadership about ten days ago for the new team, yet it has not got the green signal. According to sources, top leaders want to strike a balance between Brahmins, Thakurs, Bhumihars, Kayasthas and Vaishyas in the new UP team. It has been agreed to appoint two people from Brahmin and Thakur community for the posts of State General Secretary, State Vice President and State Minister, but the list of claimants from both the communities is very long. There are many strong contenders for each position. Among them, there are former ministers, MLAs, former MLAs and MPs along with the current state office bearers.
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The top leaders of the party also want to keep the participation of women, scheduled castes and backward classes adequate. In these, balance has to be made between Kurmi, Maurya, Shakya, Saini, Rajbhar, Nishad, Jat, Gurjar, Lodh and Yadav society. At the same time, representation has to be given to the Pasi, Kori, Jatav, Dhobi communities in the Scheduled Castes. In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, BJP does not want to make any mistake in creating caste balance in the team. Therefore, each and every issue is being discussed at the national level.
Most screws on the post of regional president
New regional presidents are to be announced in BJP’s Awadh, Kashi, Gokhpur, Kanpur-Bundelkhand, West and Braj regions. In these, backward class workers will be deployed in three to four areas. One side believes that to help the traditional Vaish vote bank, a regional president should also be made from the Vaish community. And in one area a Brahmin and a regional president will be made from Thakur community. The biggest issue is regarding Awadh and Kashi.
In one of the two areas, an in-principle agreement has been reached on the coronation of a Kurmi and in the other a worker of the Brahmin community. But in Awadh there is a dilemma whether to make Kurmi or Brahmin. Apna Dal (S), an ally of the BJP in the Kashi region, is increasing in dominance in the Kurmi community. In such a situation, the party can consider this society in Kashi region. However, its decision will be taken from Delhi itself.