Lucknow: The UP BJP went into a huddle on Monday as the party’s national general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh and vice-president Radha Mohan Singh held a meeting with organizational leaders. The two leaders also had a closed-door meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his official residence.
While the state BJP termed it to be a regular organisational exercise, the meetings gain significance as the state is set to go to polls next year. Sources said the two leaders sought feedback on political situation on the ground and public perception about the ruling party, especially in wake of pandemic. The development came a day after BJP launched relief operations through its ‘Sewa hi Sangathan’ campaign to blunt the opposition’s attack on handling of pandemic.
A senior BJP leader said Santhosh and Singh assessed the impact of the campaign launched by the party to lend a healing touch to people affected by the second wave of the pandemic. UP BJP general secretary, Govind Narayan Shukla, said: “The leaders stressed on reaching out to maximum number of people affected by the pandemic. The leadership also decided to help the state government in ramping up vaccination drive in urban and rural areas.”
Sources said the two leaders also sought feedback separately from six regional presidents of the party – Shesh Narayan Mishra, Manvendra Singh, Mohit Beniwal, Mahesh Chandra Srivastava, Dharmendra Singh Saithwar and Rajnikant Maheshwari.
They also met UP ministers Suresh Khanna, Brijesh Pathak, Jai Pratap Singh and Dara Singh Chauhan. The meeting had evoked curiosity in view of recent panchayat elections in which the opposition parties, especially Samajwadi Party, had put up a formidable challenge. Sources said Santhosh stressed on scaling up of the party’s outreach in rural areas through campaigns with focus on schemes launched by the central and the Uttar Pradesh government.
Sources said the issue of election of zila and kshetra panchayat chairmen, which have been kept in abeyance by the government due to pandemic, was also discussed. The BJP has opened back channel talks with independent candidates to win most zila and kshetra panchayat seats.