Brainstorming over breakfast: As part of poll prep, Javadekar calls BJP leaders over

Abhinav Rajput
The Union Cabinet last month approved a proposal to grant ownership rights to people living in 1,797 unauthorised colonies — a move that is estimated to benefit 40 lakh people in the city.

Breakfast with BJP's Delhi unit leaders is what Union Minister and Delhi assembly election in-charge Prakash Javadekar believes can lead to a harmonious relationship between them, and help develop a unified strategy for the polls.

Ever since he was put in charge of the election three months ago, Javadekar has been holding regular breakfast meeting with top leadership of the city. The meetings are held whenever he’s in the capital, at his Kushak Road residence around 9 am.

The core group includes Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi in-charge Shyam Jaju, Delhi co in-charge Tarun Chugh, state unit president Manoj Tiwari, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel and leader of opposition in the Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta.

Sources said he has held 12 such meetings already, where the party's agenda for the day, its response to issues that are making news, press conferences and protests that are to be held are discussed. A senior leader said, “These meetings are held so that there is clarity on the party’s line.”

Another leader present in one such meeting said that in the past few meetings, the discussions have revolved around the issue of unauthorised colonies and how the party will ensure that people know it was the BJP-ruled Centre that paved the way for regularising them.

The Union Cabinet last month approved a proposal to grant ownership rights to people living in 1,797 unauthorised colonies — a move that is estimated to benefit 40 lakh people in the city.

Another senior leader said meetings are being held so that the top brass can resolve whatever differences crop up.
“There have been incidents where leaders have taken different stands on issues since the party line was not communicated properly,” he said.

Party MPs and the state unit’s top functionaries are also asked to join the meeting if the day’s agenda needs their intervention or falls in their jurisdiction.