MADURAI: MODI 2.0….The Modi-Amit Shah duo had successfully done it again for the BJP’s massive win in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Virtually, every State has been won by the party thanks to their tireless campaign and Amit Shah’s election strategy from booth level.
But, Tamil Nadu had missed out the party and BJP lost all the five LS constituencies. It is time for TAMIL NADU BJP STATE PRESIDENT DR.TAMILISAI SOUNDARARAJAN TO STEP DOWN, TO RESIGN FROM THE POST….ON MORAL GROUNDS. THE PEOPLE’S PERCEPTION IS THAT SHE GAVE MORE PRESS MEETS AND TV SHOWS THAN GIVING TIME TO DISTRICT CADRES…..
WHY BJP LOST IN TAMIL NADU?
1. The BJP took up very good public issues for the people in Tamil Nadu since 2014. But, the local leaders did not have moral and funding support to sustain the momentum in their districts. This could not take the BJP to the doorsteps of voters in Tamil Nadu.
2. MEDIA. most of the media has some negative perception towards the BJP.
In Tamil Nadu, it is more. But, there is a strong feeling that many TAMIL NADU BJP STATE LEADERS were more inclined interested towards MEDIA ONLY, PRESS CONFERENCES…ETC. MEDIA WAS GIVEN MORE IMPORTANCE THAN THE PARTY CADRES. This is TRUE. In Madurai region, the BJP was with the people but support was less.
3. TAMIL NADU BJP STATE PRESIDENT ALWAYS WAS ON A FLIGHT MODE RUSHING SCHEDULE. THE STATE PRESIDENT DID NOT SPEND TIME IN DISTRICTS FOR A WHOLE DAY IN LAST FOUR YEARS, SHE COMES ON FLIGHT, SHE RETURNS THE SAME DAY …SHE COMES WITH A TIGHT SCHEDULE ALWAYS, WITH FLIGHT TICKET IN HAND. PLEASE CHECK THE DETAILS FROM STATE HEADQUARTERS.
4. Local leaders and cadres and supporters expect that STATE LEADERS MUST SPEND TIME IN THEIR DISTRICT. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN IN TAMIL NADU. This has affected the morale and spirit of BJP functionaries. There is nothing wrong in their expectation. I spoke to many party cadres from mandal level.
5. District office-bearers were not given adequate importance. They were called only to come to the airport to receive State leaders in Tamil Nadu. Otherwise they have no role because ‘dummy’ role / money collection role only given to them.
6. STATE LEADERSHIP did not continue with important issues taken up at local level. EXAMPLE IS MADURAI DISTRICT……GRANITE QUARRIES.CLOSURE …..EMPLOYMENT LOSS…..SIVAKASI FIREWORJS AND CRACKERS ETC. Industries and local organisations supported BJP but the TAMIL NADU BJP STATE LEADERSHIP DID NOT GIVE enough TIME FOR SUCH ISSUES. I AM A WITNESS and can show proof.
7. MORE GROUPS IN TAMIL NADU BJP AND THIS CAME UPTO DISTRICTS ALSO. This feeling was quite evident in many districts. WITHOUT A SINGLE SEAT, OUR PARTY HAD FOUR GROUPS. Cadres found it tough to go ahead with whom. WHY THIS HAPPENED AND WHO ENCOURAGED?
8. MULTIPLE COMMANDS: There is a strong opinion that BJP has more commands and more leaders than the cadres. This impression is true in Tamil Nadu State level and in districts because I can show EVIDENCE.
9. Strong seats and winnable seats were sacrificed. The cadres worked for years but the result is they had to support others in coalition.
10. MERIT BASED, QUALIFICATION AND EDUCATION BASED also must get importance. Otherwise, the local eminent people could not associate themselves with others in our party due to some reasons.
11. DISTRICTS IN TAMIL NADU BJP NEED FUNDING SUPPORT TO HOLD PROGRAMMES FOR THE PARTY. THERE MUST BE A SINGLE COMMAND ONLY. I FOUND IN SOME PLACES THAT DISTRICT PRESIDENTS AND STATE FUNCTIONARIES DO NOT GET ALONG WELL BECAUSE OF GROUPS. PLEASE STOP THAT WITH STERN ACTION.
12. LASTLY, TELL STATE LEADERS AND STATE PRESIDENT TO STAY IN DISTRICT AT LEAST FOR ONE DAY. BECAUSE, THEY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN AIRPORT PRESSMEETS, ETC. WHOSE MONEY IS IT? THE CADRES ARE DEMORALISED IN TAMIL NADU…..
13. FINALLY, PLEASE CHANGE THE STATE LEADERSHIP AND FOCUS ON BJP’s STRONG DISTRICTS… SO THAT A NEW BLOOD, A NEW THINKING AND A NEW TEAM CAN WORK FOR SUCCESS OF MODI’S NEW INDIA.
14. MODI AND AMIT SHAH CAME TO TAMIL NADU FOR CAMPAIGNING. IT IS SAD THAT WE COULD NOT GIVE A SINGLE MP TO THEM.
SHASTRY V MALLADY
BJP INTELLECTUAL CELL STATE SECY.