Bengaluru: Monday was a day of celebration for the Karnataka state unit of BJP as it won the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections and retained its hold over Benguluru Municipal Corporation.
Breaking away from the tradition of state’s ruling party winning the Benguluru municipal elections, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) defeated the ruling Congress and managed to retain its power.
Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that, though the result does not reflect on the state government, yet he would accept the moral responsibility for the defeat.
The Municipal council has a total of 198 seats. Out of this, BJP grabbed 100 seats, just 3 seats short to attain a simple majority of 103. The Congress and JD (S) won 76 seats and 14 seats respectively.
Congress’ strategy during the election was based on highlighting the scams during BJP rule and projecting development of Bengaluru into a high-tech city. This strategy has been clearly rejected by people of the city by decisively voting for the BJP.
But, compared to previous BBMP elections, Congress gained 11 seats whereas BJP lost 11 seats. JD (S) also lost one seat. In 2010, BJP had come to power with 111 seats, where as Congress had registered 65 seats.
However, BJP is projecting this victory as a rejection by people of the Congress rule in the State.
With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.
According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.
“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.
“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.
He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.
“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.
Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.
“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.
The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.
The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.
Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)