New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party state leadership is understood to have apprised BJP president Amit Shah of the lack of support and patronage from the Narendra Modi government.
Leaders of the State unit are understood to have pointed out that this was sharp contrast to the support and consideration it enjoyed under the Vajpayee government.
Since O. Rajagopal was a member of the Vajpayee Government, the party was able to take up issues concerning the state and also could secure favorable decisions too.
The BJP state unit as well as the National Democratic Alliance constituents were facing practical problems in getting favorable decisions from the center on issues raised by them.
In the absence of national level office-bearers from the state, there were hitches in addressing organizational issues too.
Party leaders have not yet got due representation in boards and corporations under the Center so far. Even the demand to name the Central University in Kasaragod after Sree Narayana Guru to has not been accepted so far.
BJP national president Amit Shah told the national leaders that steps would soon be taken to strengthen the NDA State unit and due focus and attention would be given to it too.
He would be touring the state on July 25, 26 and 27 to chalk out the strategy for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
He urged the state leaders to cooperate with the efforts to widen the NDA and also hinted at identifying winning candidates from other parties.
Shah said that he was expecting an intense effort from the state unit so that the party would have representatives in the Lok Sabha after the next elections.
He urged the leaders to focus on the politics of development and also propagate the motto of the NDA government for inclusive development and maintaining communal balance.
The party machinery should popularize the welfare programs for the poor and the marginalized such as Ujwala and also the Mudra Banking scheme for new entrepreneurs, he said.
Other than Amit Shah, party leader Ramlal also held discussions with BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan and national executive member V. Muraleedharan on issues concerning the state unit.