New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been trying to put the Congress-led UPA government in the dock over the issue of corruption, is now trying to safeguard its own fort. BJP president Nitin Gadkari, on the first day of a two-day meet of BJP CMs and Deputy CMs on Monday, emphasised on the need for a “periodic audit” within the party to improve the performance of its Chief Ministers to ensure that they succeed in the deliverance of good governance.

Gadkari made it mandatory for the BJP Chief Ministers and other BJP leaders to look after the party cadres properly.

Cautioning the party members on good governance, he said, “I am not merely preaching but want results. The party members should not deviate from the goal of reaching out to the last man in the queue, lest they would bear the consequences.”

Caught in a piquant situation after the recent corruption allegations at Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Punjab, Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to clean its collar by preaching good governance lesson to its members. The party think-tank has decided to take this step at a time when the UPA government is facing brick-bat from all quarters over corruption.

The BJP chief asked the CMs attending the conclave to try to become the epitome of honesty showing their counterparts how to run an able and corruption-free government.

Gadkari also praised BJP governments in several states for their effective programmes and strategies, but instructed them to work hard specially in areas like agriculture, education, infant mortality cases where they have been lagging behind. He also insisted them to work for the upliftment of poor.

He also emphasized on the need for good governance of minority institutions like Wakf Board.

Trying to draw a distinction between the rule of the UPA-led government and the administration provided by the BJP CMs in seven states, Gadkari said that 36 per cent of the total population of the country was ruled by BJP-led NDA while only 31 percent population fell under Congress and UPA rule.

Gadkari asked the party members not to panic at the UPA’s attack, adding it is trying to upgrade its tarnished image by attacking others.

Slamming the Centre’s biased stand against BJP-ruled states, Gadkari said the UPA government bodies like National Development Council and the Interstate Council has been inactive.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley also warned the BJP CMs of seven states about the political changes in the country. Describing the changes, he said, “These changes are of two types. First, UPA's image is deteriorating. Second, Left Front government’s relevance is likely to end after May 13, which will possibly initiate a neck to neck fight between BJP and the Congress.”

JPN/Bureau