GOVT NOT IN A HURRY TO FILL CABINET BERTHS: AJAY BHATT
In an attempt to end the game of speculation over filling the cabinet berths in the Trivendra Singh Rawat government, the State President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President, Ajay Bhatt said on Monday that the issues does not figure in the agenda of the meeting of the core group of the party slated for Tuesday. He was responding to the questions at state party office on Monday.
Bhatt said that the Aajiwan Sahayog Nidhi’, the official fund raising scheme of BJP would be discussed during the meeting of core group and the meeting of the legislators.
The scheme was started on December 25 and underlies maintaining transparency in fund collection process of political parties as donations are being taken in form of cheques only.
Bhatt said the review of the progress of the Aajiwan Sahayog Nidhi scheme would be done in these meetings. The state BJP chief also reviewed the preparation for the important meetings and gave necessary directions.
The meetings of the core group of the party organization would be attended by the State Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt, cabinet ministers of Trivendra cabinet, all five members of Parliament and other senior leaders of state BJP. The National Vice President and state in-charge Shyam Jaju and National joint general secretary of BJP (Organization) Shiv Prakash would also be present during the meeting. Immediately after the meeting of the core committee, a meeting of the BJP legislators is scheduled. This meeting is expected to be a stormy affair as the BJP MLAs would try to put the government on dock on various issues. The issue of recent suicide of transporter Prakash Pandey, who consumed poison at the state party office when one of a cabinet minister was listening public grievance at Janata Milan programme alleging demonetization and GST for its miseries is also expected to be raised in the meeting. Though the state BJP president denied it, the BJP legislators are expected to raise the issue of filling the cabinet berths in the Rawat government. Two cabinet berths are vacant ever since the Trivendra Singh Rawat government was sworn in the month of March. Considering the strength party enjoys in the state assembly there are many contenders for these two slots. The BJP leaders would also discuss the strategy of the party for the forthcoming elections of the urban local bodies.