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Punjab, Haryana BJP units on Amit Shah’s radar

amit_shah_bjp_presidentNarendra Modi’s aide Amit Shah‘s elevation as party president has led to a number of speculations among the party leaders in Punjab. One of the speculations is about the state unit .

Party sources say the party high command can go for a complete rejig in the state as the state leaders who were at the helm of affairs during the general assembly elections failed to encash the nationwide Modi wave and a prominent leader like the union minister Arun Jaitley lost the election with a record margin.

State’s leaders like Balramji Das Tandon and party affairs in-charge Shanta Kumar have already favoured a reshuffle in the party unit. However, former party president ,Rajnath Singh had intervened and stopped the process.

The party has already initiated the process to introduce four new faces as ministers and had asked its four cabinet ministers to resign.Poor performance was cited the reason for the resignations.

Navjot Singh Sidhu could be Punjab BJP chief

Also there are speculations about former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh sidhu whose name is doing rounds for the post of state president.He is the only Sikh face in sate and the party has already paid the price for ignoring him in Amritsar.However,some party leaders are against him.

Party sources said that the high command is keen to connect to the rural voters in the state which voted for the parties like Aam Aadmi Party and Congress. The party sooner or later wants to contest the assembly elections independently by removing the crutches of poll alliance.

Punjab BJP MLAs meet Amit Shah

Meanwhile in a major development nine out of 12 BJP MLAs , who on Tuesday had met at the residence of CLP leader Chuni Lal Bhaghat,have also met the party president Amit Shah and other leaders on Friday. However, Manoranjan Kalia, a former minister spoiled the show by suddenly joining the the breakaway group. The meeting just lasted for a few minutes and the gameplan of the BJP leaders failed.

Speculations about a rejig in party organisation are also rife in the neighbouring Haryana which goes to the polls in October this year.

Changes also expected in Haryana

Haryana BJP leaders are expecting two developments. One the Uttar Pradesh like strategy to win the assembly elections and second a prompt decision on the issue of alliance with Haryana Janhit Congress.

Before Amit Shah was made the party president, there were speculations that he could be given the responsibility as the in-charge of state party affairs.

“Amit Shah’s new role as party president has boosted the moral of party workers.After the Uttar Pradesh now Haryana will experience the impact of his strategy to win,” Anil Vij,BJP CLP leader Haryana said.

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