NEW DELHI: The newly appointed BJP chief Amit Shah has got into action as he held a series of meetings with party units of the poll bound states. Shah on Wednesday held separate meetings with leaders from Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir to review the poll preparations.
A day before, he had met the BJP unit from Maharashtra where elections are to be held in the next few months.
As these were Shah’s first formal meetings with the state units after becoming the party president, he reviewed the poll preparations, took feedback on the current political situation and chalked out future programmes.
Sources said the issue of projecting Chief Ministerial candidates for the poll bound states also came up for discussion. One of the view presented was that the party should go ahead without projecting any CM candidate in Maharashtra and Haryana and decide on the issue after the election results so that it will help sustain the current alliances. Shah was assisted by party general secretaries J P Nadda and Ram Lal as they held discussions with the state units. The newly inducted member in the party fold Ram Madhav,RSS leader, was also present. And Madhav is likely to get a key position in Shah’s new team of party office-bearers likely to be announced soon.
Sources said the saffron party will follow the formula of one minister per constituency, where an Assembly constituency will be overseen by a Central minister and those from the BJP-ruled states to get a direct feedback. These ministers will tour the states next month to interact with the cadre and provide assessment on issues to be raised and the means to strengthen the organisation.Shah also met Chief Ministers of Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, Raman Singh and Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the duo called on the new party chief.
The election work would pick up after Parliament’s Budget session gets over on August 14. The lists of candidates for Haryana and Mahashtra are likely to be announced shortly afterwards. The BJP’s alliance in both Haryana and Maharashtra are under strain and the party’s state units have been asked to provide a feedback on the respective alliances.