Lucknow: With Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party chief Surya Pratap Sahi submitting his resignation, the party is in catch-22 situation over overhauling the organization as well the legislative party. JPN/Bureau
Interestingly Both Sahi and BJP legislative party leader Om Prakash Singh lost assembly elections from Patherdeva and Chunar seats respectively. The saffron party has to intact its caste equation as well as play a role of responsible Opposition so that it can increase its tally in 2014 General Elections.
Though Shahi’s resignation has not been accepted as of now but there is strong lobbying for the same. The trouble has mounted as senior leaders like Ramapati Ram Tripathi and Keshri Nath Tripathi failed to reach assembly house.
On the basis on seniority, Kalraj Mishra is likely to become the BJP legislative party leader. In that scenario, state president would be chosen from the Backward Classes. The names of prominent leaders like Uma Bharti, Dharampal Singh Lodhi and Santosh Gangwar are also making the rounds for the coveted post.
The RSS is lobbying hard for making Uma Bharati as the party’s state unit chief. But Uma is unlikely to accept the post of UP BJP chief considering the current political scenario in the state.
Uma’s supporters feel that due to excess interference it will be too difficult to handle the post of state party president for Charkhari MLA. Only after Uma’s declining the proposal for becoming party’s state unit chief, the names of Dharampal Singh Lodhi and Santosh Gangwar will be considered. If either Lodhi or Gangwar is nominated for state BJP chief, the party will fulfill the aspirations of Backward Classes and the western UP. Both the leaders hail from the western UP and belong to backward community.
Also, there is enough pressure to replace party’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Harish Dwivedi who lost assembly election and failed to garner the youth votes.
Lucknow: With Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party chief Surya Pratap Sahi submitting his resignation, the party is in catch-22 situation over overhauling the organization as well the legislative party.