Bhopal: Coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s terse message that “we cannot march through the twenty-first century with the administrative systems of the nineteenth century” BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya this weekend squarely targeted the bureaucracy at a coordination meeting of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) in the State capital.
It is widely reported that Vijayvargiya, who was earlier a senior minister in the State cabinet, did not hold punches and said corruption is rampant in the bureaucracy in Madhya Pradesh.
On the second day of the RSS coordination meeting in the State capital this weekend, Team Shivraj was asked to give an account of the work that has been accomplished since the BJP came to power in the State in 2013.
Siginificantly BJP president Amit Shah also arrived here on Thursday evening. During this unscheduled visit, he met RSS leaders Bhaiyaji Joshi and Krishna Gopal and after a night halt in the state capital left the next morning.
Members of Parliament, according to available reports, lodged their complaint saying that the collectors and divisional commissioners neither listen to them nor do they bother to respond promptly to their phone calls. Rolling out their ire, many of them said that the officers at the Principal Secretary level never answer their calls. Their common grievance was that the officers were getting so much patronage that they had become even more powerful than the ministers. One of the ministers lamented saying when they were in the opposition and the Congress was in power in the State the situation was not as bad.
Frontal organisations like Kisan Sangh, Mazdoor Sangh, Karmchari Sangh, Swadeshi Manch were also represented at the coordination meeting. Besides the bureaucracy, many participants also targeted the BJP leaders and ministers and said they have distanced themselves from the grass-root workers.
The marathon meeting of the RSS was attended by RSS ‘Sarkaryavah’ (general secretary) Bhaiyaji Joshi, ‘Sah-Sarkaryavah’ (joint- general secretary) Krishna Gopal, national General Secretary of BJP Ramlal, State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Cabinet colleagues, State BJP unit chief Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, state BJP office bearers and MPs.