Thiruvananthapuram

Major ‘clean-up’ drive likely in State BJP

RSS sets agenda to wipe out factionalism in the party and strengthen its clout

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is reported to be embarking on an ‘operation clean up’ to intensify its clout and also effacing the growing schism in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit.

Senior party leaders who have fallen from grace of the Sangh leadership for promoting factionalism would be edged out in phases and substituted with hand-picked activists of the Hindu Aikya Vedi, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and Viswa Hindu Parishad. Major responsibilities in the State BJP would be assigned to them.

Party sources told The Hindu that the operation is being launched on the premise of executing the RSS plan to rejuvenate its rank and file by enrolling youngsters within a decade and also channelising the talent in the Sangh organisations for fortifying the BJP State unit.

But this is also being considered as a panacea to the growing schism in the party.

The Sangh leadership is reported to be of the firm view that the simmering differences of opinion and factionalism have taken a heavy toll on the party’s growth prospects and time has come for a major intervention to strike such tendencies at its root.

Emboldened by the results of the local body elections in the State, the cleaning up operation may be launched subtly but firmly so that dissidents may give in without much resistance, sources said.

Mukundan factor

The recent public debate among the party leaders over a move to re-induct former State organising secretary P.P. Mukundan itself is being cited as an indication of the prevalence of unhealthy tendencies in the BJP.

Still, the incumbent, Kummanam Rajasekharan, had reiterated the leadership’s resolve to accept everyone, including Mr. Mukundan and former leader K. Raman Pillai, to its fold.

Mr. Mukundan has welcomed it too.

Keeping a leader such as Mr. Mukundan within the organisation is considered to be more prudent option than giving him the freedom to flay the leadership even for minor lapses. A former State president who had openly expressed dissent against the proposal to re-induct both leaders is likely to be moved to the Centre soon.

It has also been proposed to field all popular leaders in the Assembly elections.

This would deprive a chance for the leaders of the rival factions to settle the scores and all of them could be made responsible for the party’s electoral performance, sources said.

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