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BJP to now check ideological background before appointments in govt

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Central leadership of the BJP has reportedly advised all the party-ruled state governments to conduct proper ideological background check of all individual before appointing them at any position in the government.

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As claimed by sources in the saffron party this is a verbal advisory and not a written one. The BJP-ruled states have been directed to do background check of any individual, including their political opinions and previous actions related to the government as well as the party, before giving them any government position.

A proper scrutiny of social media platforms being used by such individuals must be done, including the opinions they express about the Narendra Modi-led government, the BJP, the RSS as well as their political opponents, sources said.

The move came in view of a controversy that erupted in Madhya Pradesh over the appointment of Tushar Panchal as the Communication Advisor/Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Within a day of his appointment, Tushar announced on micro-blogging site, Twitter, that he would not join the team of the Madhya Pradesh chief minister.

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A senior BJP leader aware of the development on the condition of anonymity said: “The state government gave an offer to an individual for a key position in the government. After facing criticism for his old social media posts, he refused to accept it. But the refusal came after the intervention of the central leadership.”

While, a Madhya Pradesh BJP leader said that the central leadership had asked as to how a man, who had criticised Prime Minister Modi, the party (BJP) and the RSS, can be made part of the government.

It is being claimed by the sources that the central leadership has advised to take corrective steps to avoid any further embarrassment.

Following the Madhya Pradesh fiasco, BJP’s top leadership took the decision to communicate to all the party-ruled states to go conduct a proper ideological background check of individuals before making them part of the government.

“Giving official positions in the government to such individuals, whose opinions against the Prime Minister and the party are available on social media platforms and are known to the public, does not look good and causes huge embarrassment,” a party insider said.

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