A section of BJP workers in the state are upset as the state unit of the party is headless without the crucial president post vacant for more than a month. In September, Tamilisai Soundararajan stepped down as state president to be designated as Telangana Governor.
“There are qualified leaders in our state to head the state BJP and we are hoping for the party high command to appoint a state president at the earliest,” said a district-level BJP functionary wishing not to be named.
Any party needs a strong president and the central leadership should understand the feeling of party cadre. Let it be a party senior or a vibrant youngster, but we need a strong BJP president at the earliest to guide and gear up for the next general assembly polls, the functionary added.
“BJP needs a strong leader to counter the DMK and the AIADMK. Though the former president Tamilisai failed to win Lok Sabha seats for the TN BJP, she kept the party alive through media limelight and that is missing now,” said K Nandagopal, a BJP cadre from Central Chennai.
When contacted, BJP state general secretary Vanathi Srinivasan said that the party has formed necessary zonal and district teams to execute the party work in the absence of the president. Though the post of president is lying vacant, no party activities are affected. “We have formed teams to campaign for the alliance partner AIADMK and teams are also working round the clock to give a grand reception to our leader Modiji and the Chinese President,” Vanathi said.
When asked about the BJP having a state president in other states, the BJP leader shot back saying that the vacancy is temporary. “Communication will be faster if there is a party president, but in the absence, the party has formed zonal teams to execute the directions given by the BJP headquarters. Currently, the cadre enrolment and Gandhi Sankalp Yatra is progressing in the state as per schedule,” Vanathi said.