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With several of its top leaders joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set for a major organisational rejig.
Besides looking at shuffling several state presidents and national office-bearers, senior BJP leaders and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are also debating a possible change in the responsibilities of Sangathan Mantris, or RSS pracharaks working in the BJP, at the national and the state level.
Party general secretary Amit Shah is the frontrunner for the BJP president's post, but a decision is likely to be taken only after budget session of Parliament.
"After a new president takes over, he will reconstitute the team of national office bearers and the state units. Future leaders with potential to win election and having a social background will be promoted," a BJP leader told HT.
Other party sources indicated that new BJP teams in states may be announced after the expansion of the Modi cabinet, since some state presidents who have now become MPs could find a place in the Union council of ministers.
Among the top party office bearers who are now ministers in the Modi government include party president Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Uma Bharti, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman.
Besides, Pon Radhakrishnan (Tamil Nadu), Sarbananda Sonwal (Assam), Dr Harsh Vardhan (Delhi), Narendra Singh Tomar (Madhya Pradesh) and Vishnu Deo Sai (Chhattisgarh) are state BJP presidents who have joined the Modi government.
"All of them will leave their organisational posts in the reshuffle that will happen after a new president takes over," another BJP leader said.
Also, the RSS and the BJP are considering some changes in the role of Sangathan Mantris, some of whom have been holding this responsibility for almost a decade now. Sunil Bansal, a close aide of Amit Shah who assisted him during the recent Lok Sabha elections, was recently made the Sangathan Mantri of Uttar Pradesh.
The government today announced a steep hike in train fares in the first dose of the bitter medicine that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said was essential to revive India's economy.
The move provoked criticism from opposition parties who mocked the ruling BJP's election slogan - "Achche Din Aane Wale Hain (good times are ahead)."
From Wednesday, rail passenger fares will increase by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent.
The hike in passenger fares could bring nearly Rs. 6000 cr to the Railways, which needs massive funds to upgrade its infrastructure after years of low investment and populist policies.
Among the first to hit out at the Narendra Modi government was Bihar politician Lalu Prasad Yadav, who left train fares untouched during his tenure as railway minister in 2004-2009.
"Acche din. Acche din. The BJP has fired its first salvo at the poor people of this country. Whenever the BJP comes to power, they try and get a few people all the advantage," Mr Yadav said, demanding a rollback. (Also read: Nitish Kumar Flays Modi Government For Rail Fare Hike Before Budget)
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted, "Ab ki bar Double Speak Sarkar" and posted a letter that Mr Modi had written against a hike in freight rates by the UPA. "Modi wrote a letter to PM in 2012 on the Rail fare hike ! ACHHE DIN AA GAYE !
Hiking train fares is an unpopular decision that has always been viewed as politically risky, the reason why most Railway Ministers have steered clear of it.
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said he had only taken forward what the previous government had decided. "10% increase in passenger fare and 5% increase in freight was made in the interim budget but the previous government withheld it," he said.
The previous Congress-led UPA government had left passenger fares unchanged in the interim budget in February, just before the national election.
Indian Railways, which manages the world's largest network of trains and transports an estimated 25 million each day, is currently facing a severe financial crunch with passenger subsidy touching Rs. 26,000 crore.