BJP tells party-led states to pull up socks

Written by Mukesh Ranjan | New Delhi, Jun 12 | Updated: Jun 14 2008, 04:20am hrs
Riding high on victories in the provinces, the BJP has chalked out an aggressive plan not only to retain its governments in party-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but also to capture Centre after next years general elections.

Having been able to taste victories in Gujarat and Karnataka and attributing them to partys clarity over leadership and scoring over others in finalising candidates list and launching campaign, the party has set an early targets in these states also to get a head start.

The BJP central leadership has instructed the chief ministers of the election bound states to tune up performance and market their achievements well to offset anti-incumbency factor. They are being asked to review the previous manifestoes and to identify the unfulfilled promises. The states have been asked to expedite implementation those left-out promises, BJPs pointman for MP and Rajasthan M Vainkaiah Naidu said.

Apart from improving and keeping its own house in order, the party, as part of a strategy, has also decided to go whole hog in discounting the Centres initiatives in the states. Citing Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modis recent chide against the Centre asking it to come under a contract for not sharing of taxes emanating from the state for a year as part of the same strategy, Naidu said, the CMs were also asked to highlight the Union government's apathy towards their respective states.The state governments need to protect themselves from the Centres concerted campaign that whatever has happened in the state, are because of Central fund, he added.

To give a push to its performance card, it has been decided to depute one minister each to look after two districts of their states. The ministers will camp themselves in their allotted districts and will personally monitor the development initiatives undertaken by the state government. They are asked to ensure that the schemes are flawlessly implemented. They will also be available for local unit of the party and will try to address the grievances of workers and cadres, Naidu said.

The state units have also been asked to prepare the candidates' lists by June 27 and submit them to central leadership, so that the parliamentary board of the party clears the nominations as early as possible.

Given the fact that the party is going to emulate Gujarat Model to prepare itself, it is now a foregone conclusion that many of the sitting MLAs will dropped as Narendra Modi did by dropping about 50 of the sitting legislators. We are convinced that anti-incumbency is not always against the chief minister or the government. Rather it is the aggregate of the disenchantment with individual MLAs and their shabby image, Naidu said.

Conscious of the image factor, the party has also asked its governments to ensure zero tolerance against corruption. "In line with this only the Madhya Pradesh health minister resigned even before allegations against him being corroborated by competent authority or charge sheets were filed in the court. Ours is an absolute contrast from Congress practice, as many of the tainted persons are holding ministerial positions in the UPA government at the Centre. A few of them continued as ministers even on bail," Naidu said.