Will give fresh faces a chance again in 2022 polls

 thehindu.com  10/18/2020 21:08:45  2

Interview | Adesh Gupta Delhi

With a vision to enhance its stature in the 2022 civic body elections, the BJP in Delhi has pressed the reboot button. Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta speaks to The Hindu on issues ranging from the recent reorganisation of the partys State unit and internal discontent to repeating its strategy of fielding fresh faces in the polls.

We have started doing that from the bottom upwards. We began with making a new team and reorganising the partys organisation from the mandal level. In fact, both the zila and mandal levels have been reorganised to include women, young faces, and those with an impeccable social image. From October 25, we will begin training the new team at identifying and countering the failures of the AAP government and in the merits and the vision of the Modi-led government at the Centre. Over 28,000 party workers will be trained in relation to the vision, ideology and organisational integrity of the party.

The main objective was to pump young and energetic individuals into the party. No one was chosen because they are considered close to someone else. We did not impose the choices of the partys leadership on the cadre. We surveyed and made choices on the basis of the opinions of over 5,000 individuals connected to the party and by considering how they could add to the organisational strength of the State unit.

I would not say there is discontent but, rather, disagreements which are characteristic of any big family. The partys constitution limits the number of posts but just because someone did not get one doesnt mean they will not be utilised. We have spoken to each other about the fact that overall we now have a very good team with an average age of 47; the strengths and efforts of every individual will be needed and utilised whether or not they occupy a post.

Despite being starved for funds, the Municipal Corporations of Delhi have done very good work in public healthcare, education and mitigating pollution, which the people of the city know. Delhi has a peculiar system because of its municipality authorities. Many times, the civic body does the best possible work but it either falls through because of the inaction of another authority. People know this. On one hand, we have undertaken projects such as improvements related to landfills  both the Bhalswa and Ghazipur landfills will see drastic reductions in height within a year  and on the other, we will expose the Delhi government for its failure in not doing what it has the power to, in relation to civic issues for the elections.

It is too early to say precisely what the party will do but I will say that it believes in the potential of such an approach. It believes in pumping fresh blood into the organisation and giving people with a clean image and reputation a platform to influence social change. So we will surely give such people a chance in 2022 as well. As far as reunification is concerned, that is a long process and there is no proposal for it at the moment though it is clear that they were divided due to political reasons. At the end of the day, whether there are three bodies or one, they will depend on funding from the State government, which is hurting them by delaying funds.

In this city, the fact that the civic bodies do 90% of the work and must remain dependent on the Delhi government for 90% of the funds is a tragedy. The Delhi government has surpassed all limits when it comes to starving the corporations for funds which obviously hampers their work. But in spite of it, they have performed exceedingly well on various fronts. On one hand, there are the civic bodies that are doing the best they can despite delayed funding and on the other, is a government which promises to pay the examination fees of economically backward students but refuses to do that at a time when they are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis. There have been times in the past when there was one partys government at the Centre and anothers in the city but such politics around funding didnt exist; it was never this bad.

The riots were a sponsored conspiracy to aid appeasement politics. It is clear and there are WhatAapp chats to prove that Popular Front of India, AAP and Tukde Tukde gang came together to create the riots. AAPs Tahir Hussain was not acting alone; he is connected to AAPs senior leadership. People were called to wreak havoc for the political gain of others.

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