BJP office bearers’ meet postponed to April 8


New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari will meet the new party office bearers April 8 to chalk out the strategy for the campaign against rising prices, an official said Thursday.

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The meeting was earlier scheduled April 2 but was postponed as the date coincided with the Maharashtra BJP council meeting to elect its new president, party headquarters in-charge Shyam Jaju told IANS.

“The meeting was rescheduled as the date coincided with the meeting of the Maharashtra BJP. Gadkari has to be present there because the new president will replace him as the head of the party state unit,” Jaju said.

The April 8 meeting of office bearers will discuss the BJP’s anti-price rise agitation and preparations for the April 21 rally in Delhi.

This will be the first meeting of party office bearers after Gadkari announced his team March 16.

The meeting will be attended by senior party leader L.K. Advani, Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, among others.

The BJP has planned a big rally in the capital against price rise April 21 and the meeting is expected to discuss efforts to mobilise people for it.

The meeting will also chalk out programmes for the future, a party official said, adding that Gadkari would distribute work among new office bearers only after meeting them.

The composition of the new team had invited criticism from some Bihar party leaders, including Shatrughan Sinha and C.P. Thakur. Gadkari told them not to voice their grievances in the media.

Gadkari’s new team has 12 general secretaries, 11 vice-presidents (two posts are vacant) and 15 secretaries. Women have been given 33 percent representation in the national executive committee.