The BJP is set for a complete overhaul of its office-bearers and national executive, with the RSS likely to get greater representation in the ruling party, sources said on Monday.
Suresh Soni, the prabhari of the Sangh Parivar who is the RSS’ interlocutor with the BJP, is expected to be replaced by Krishna Gopal, currently a joint general secretary in the RSS.
RSS leaders Shiv Prakash, V. Satish and Saudan Singh are being tipped to join the team of BJP chief Amit Shah.
New strategy: BJP chief Amit Shah with Meenakshi Lekhi (right) at the launch of a mobile app in Delhi. Party sources said the BJP will witness appointments to several key posts and more young faces will find important places in the parliamentary board
Return to base: RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal (left) is likely to replace Suresh Soni (right), who is currently the Sangh’s liaison with BJP
RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav was recently deputed to the BJP to strengthen ties between the two sides.
Shah’s team will thus include four members of the Sangh Parivar. Shah, who is set to turn 50, wants younger leaders to play a bigger role in the party.
Ahead of the Assembly polls in four states, the BJP will witness appointments to several key posts and sources said more young faces will find important places in the parliamentary board of the party.
A BJP insider said Shah’s new team will be dominated by faces from the party’s younger generation and there are chances that at least 33 per cent of office-bearers will comprise women.
Leaders such as Ram Madhav, Varun Gandhi, Anurag Thakur and Rajiv Pratap Rudy will, in all likelihood, be part of the new team.
Pravesh Verma, the MP from West Delhi, could head the youth wing of the BJP.
A formal announcement about the new parliamentary board is expected to be made on August 17.
With Shah heading the parliamentary board, Murlidhar Rao could become the party’s vice-president and V. Satish may hold the post of joint secretary.
Top BJP leaders, including Shah and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, met senior RSS functionaries last Thursday and discussed a host of issues, including better coordination between the two organisations as well as between the Government and the Sangh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, invited RSS leaders for talks over dinner the same day. RSS leaders such as Bhaiyyaji Joshi, second in the Sangh hierarchy, and Suresh Soni were present at this meeting.
Sources said the BJP is keen to finalise a new team for Shah, who took over 15 days ago and immediately got down to crafting a strategy for Assembly elections in four states later this year.
After securing a majority in the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is taking the Assembly polls seriously and does not want to lose momentum.
Moreover, it also has to decide the fate of the Delhi government. BJP sources said Modi is keen to maintain strong ties with the RSS.
Party leaders believe a strain in the relationship during former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s era worked to the disadvantage of both sides and was a reason for the BJP’s defeat during the 2004 election.