Itís still wait-and-watch for new entrants in BJP

The BJP had inducted many leaders from other parties in the run up to 2012 state Assembly elections for various reasons: from weakening the opponents to strengthening own ground. They were then welcomed with arms wide open by seniors like Purshottam Rupala and Kaushik Patel.

Most prominent catches were Narhari Amin and Girish Parmar from the Congress. Parmar contested from Dani Limda Assembly Constituency seat on BJP ticket besides Poonam Madam, who won the Khambhaliya seat in Jamnagar. For Amin, Chief Minister Narendra Modi himself laid red carpet for him at the party office.

But since declaration of election results, more than a dozen new entrants are cooling their heels to get some position to justify their joining in the party. A greenhorn like Poonam Madam was rewarded on the very day of joining and got a party ticket but others were not so lucky.

Even as senior BJP leaders have been assigned the task of doing ground work for the next organisational set-up, these entrants have not yet been assigned any responsibility. There are some old hands like Nalin Bhatt, Sunil Oza and Becharbhai Bhadani besides K D Jeswani and Chaitanya Maharaj and Balubhai Tanti, who have been in the BJP for long time. There are also leaders like Madhubhai Thakor and Parmar who had joined the Khajuria brigade with Shankersinh Vaghela in 1995 to quit the party and now back again.

New breed of entrants: Amin and Jayantilal Parmar, Asifa Khan and Tushar Singh Maharaulji are new to the BJP culture and are still to get hang of what the BJP is all about. All of these dozen-odd have joined by reposing "full faith" in the leadership of Modi in changing the face and fate of Gujarat for better.

Amin and his group are lying low for now and expecting something good to happen even they have adopted a wait-and-watch approach. "It is barely a month I joined the BJP and it is too early to think of such things. I am ready to take up any responsibility for being helpful to the party," said Amin. He cited the example of Girish Parmar for quick rewards and instant recognition in the BJP to bring home the point that people would not be neglected in the party unlike in the Congress. "I had also attended the recent state-level party meeting in Gandhinagar," he said.

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