With the Yogi government in place, the decks are clear for the UP BJP rejig with new faces in the lead roles


Almost two months later returned to power in Uttar Pradesh, the state BJP is embarking on a major overhaul of the party organization that would involve changes in its two leadership positions, including the posts of President and General Secretary (Organization). With the stage set for its overhaul, the State Party Unit has not planned any new organizational programs for the coming days.

According to well-placed sources within the UP BJP, the party youthe current secretary general (organization) of the nit Sunil Bansal is likely to be replaced by a new face very soon. Sources said BJP ideological head Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is seeking to transfer Bansal to BJP organization in Odisha or Delhi and is in the process of finding his replacement in UP. Sources said that Bansal himself called for a change in the UP party unit.

Significantly, there is no fixed term for the post of General Secretary (Organization) in the BJP, but the RSS is still going to replace its incumbent official despite the party’s remarkable victory in recent polls in the BJP Assembly. ‘UP.

Sources said that in the new days, the BJP will announce its new UP Chairman, after which the RSS will appoint the new General Secretary (Organization).

The role of the General (Organization) Secretary or ‘sangathan mahamantri’ is considered crucial in any BJP unit as they are RSS appointees in the party, who are mandated to act as a link between the RSS and the BJP. If the BJP is in power in any state, the Party General Secretary (organization) is supposed to play the key role of communicator between the RSS and the government while being part of the hard core of the party-government.

Referring to the icy equation between the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath and Bansal, a BJP leader said, “Communication between the two parties has not been smooth for a long time. Hence the change [in the party general secretary (organisation)’s position] is required.”

Bansal was brought to the UP unit to help BJP leader and current Union Home Minister Amit Shah ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Before that, he was a pracharak with the ABVP of the student wing of the RSS. Considered close to the Shah, Bansal has a proven track record, with the saffron party winning 71 of the Lok Sabha’s 80 seats in 2014 and sweeping assembly elections in 2017. Subsequently, the BJP won the Lok elections. Sabha in 2019 defeating the grand alliance of SP. -BSP-RLD. It also retained power in the state by winning the 2022 Assembly polls. In between, the party also won a series of Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Council elections.

With current UP BJP leader Swatantra Dev Singh having been inducted as Minister Jal Shakti in the Adityanath cabinet, the party will fulfill its organizing role keeping an eye on upcoming civic polls and its outreach programs voters. True to the “one man, one post” policy, the party is seeking a new state president. Sources said that a few meetings in this regard have already taken place in Delhi.

“The training camps organized in the district units will soon end. Likewise, the micro-donation campaign will soon end. But the party has not planned any new activities so far. Maybe because the party needs a full-time state chairman and general secretary (organization) to oversee organizational activities,” a BJP leader said. Along with the appointment of new faces for these top positions, a new UP BJP executive will also be formed.

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