May 18, 2016 9:37:50 am
In a bid to reach out to party cadres after receiving complaints that they were not able to get access to party ministers for the past several months, Punjab BJP chief, Vijay Sampla, and the four BJP cabinet ministers would meet party members every Wednesday with effect from May 19.
The first such interaction will be held at the party’s Chandigarh headquarters on Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm. Sampla, along with ministers Surjit Kumar Jiyani, Madan Mohan Mittal, Anil Joshi and Chunni Lal Bhagat would listen to the grievances of the party cadre and address their problems.
A senior BJP functionary said that during his tour of Punjab, Sampla sensed the level of disatisfaction within the party cadre. “There were complaints that some ministers were not accessible when the workers came to Chandigarh to meet them and they had to return disappointed,” he said.
The ministers, on the other hand, said that party workers often landed unannounced and this made it difficult for them to spare time for them. They wanted party cadres to take prior appointment so that they could be dealt with satsifactorily.
“Considering all aspects, Sampla decided to revive the ‘Sahyog’ project which was started during the time of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure as PM. Under this project, the ministers and party president were duty bound to dedicate one day to meet the workers,” said a BJP leader.
With the assembly elections in the state not too far off, the BJP has been making concerted efforts to rejuvinate its cadres. The cadres have been persistently complaining of being browbeaten by the cadres of the alliance partner, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). “If our own ministers will also not hear our complaints then who shall we turn to?” said a BJP district president.
After meeting party workers, Sampla will also hold a meeting with the ministers and the General Secretary (Organisation) of the party, Dinesh Kumar, to take stock of the nature of problems raised by the workers.
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