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The recent announcement of a new team by the Uttar Pradesh BJP president L K Bajpai has created more problems for the party at a time when Lok Sabha polls are not far away.

The prominence given to sons and daughters of senior leaders, while ignoring other important leaders, had caused more heartburn within the party. Significantly, Pankaj Singh, son of the BJP national president Rajnath Singh, has been made general secretary of the party.

Similarly, Ashutosh Tondon, known as Gopal Tondon, son of senior BJP leader and sitting MP from Lucknow Lalji Tondon, has been made vice-president. It may be worth mentioning here that Ashutosh Tondon had lost assembly polls in Lucknow.

Rajvir Singh, son of former chief minister Kalyan Singh, who recently came to BJP for the second time, has been made vice-president. Rajvir Singh had also lost assembly polls when he contested from his father’s party RKP. Rajvir Singh had also been minister with Mulayam Singh Yadav during his previous regime.

Neelima Katiyar, daughter of Senior BJP leader Premlata Katiyar, has also been made secretary of the party causing heartburn to those had been hoping to get the position in the party.

It has been alleged that only close relations of senior leaders and those who had been making rounds to the durbar of senior leaders were adjusted in the new team. Senior BJP leaders, known for their popularity and hold in the party workers, have not been given any importance. Prominent persons like Radha Mohan Agarwal, Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma, former Mayor S C Rai, Hriday Narain Dixit MLC till recently he was main spokesman, Vindywasini Kumar, Jyotsna Srivastav, Mahenra Singh, Subash Tripathi and Vinod Pande have been ignored.

BJP leaders wonder as to why those persons who lost last assembly polls have been given prominence in the team.

Now the biggest challenge before state BJP president L K Bajpai is to keep the united at the time like war situation to face the Lok Sabha polls. While on one hand party has decided to win over backwards and most backwards for Lok Sabha polls but leaders belonging to this category have been ignored.

The good thing that BJP state president has done is to implement the resolution of 2007 national executive to give 33 per cent reservation to women in the party organisation.

The new committee of BJP has as many as 39 women members out of the total of 102-member executive committee.

Later on, BJP state president L K Bajpai claimed that he had implemented the resolution of the party in true spirit. (IPA)
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