BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY
National Council Meeting
23 & 24 December 2006
Sri Sundar Singh Bhandari Parisar
Among our General Secretaries there is a General Secretary (Organisation). A karyakarta (worker) possessing the capabilities of working as Organising Secretary is appointed to this position. This power has been given to the State President by the Party Constitution.
Normally the Organising Secretary is a fulltime party worker. He is expected to perform his duties within the parameters laid down. He is not required to have a mass base of his own, nor any specific area of activity or constituency. It is expected that he will not have any such specific areas of work because he is expected to devote his entire energies and time to the party organisation. The party's ideology, its workers, its policies and programmes are and should be, his only areas of activity. He is expected to be a standard bearer of the larger domain of party ideology and be a link who works in conformity, coordination and communication with the rest of the party. This is a fulltime work, should not have any political/electoral ambitions and should be personally free from electoral politics. He should keep off from publicity galore and focus on organisation work. He should act as a bridge between different people in the party.
In executing these responsibilities he is not expected to seek any elective post or official position in the party or government. The role that is envisaged for the organising general secretary is that he should be a focal point for the party functionaries, to channelise their views, seek guidance and counsel.
In keeping with these expectations, it is essential that for the fulfilment of these goals, for enhancing the strength of the organisation to maintain a collective approach, he must be able to work without apprehension and worries, may be even, changing leaderships.
According to the provisions of the existing party constitution, the State President is the appointing authority for the Organising Secretary at the State level. So, his continuation in that office is necessarily dependent of the wishes of a new president. An organiser who performs with commitment and works hard to reconcile different views in the organisation and is dedicated only to organisational work needs to have a long tenure for the sake of continuity which may not be possible under the existing arrangement. His position is uncertain and this impacts his ability to perform effectively that in turn affects the nature of relationship within the party so that the Organising Secretary's work has a healthy, effective, long-term and stabilising impact, it is necessary that we take certain measures.
Following amendments are made to the Party Constitution :
Amendments to the Article XXI
1. As and when it is found necessity the national president may appoint one or more organising secretaries to assist the General Secretary (Org.) at the national level.
2. The State President may similarly appoint one or more organising secretaries to assist the General Secretary (Org.) at state level.
3. As and when it is found necessary, the national president may appoint Zonal Organisation Secretaries look after the organisation work in two or more states.
4. Similarly, the State President may appoint Divisional Oranising Secretaries to look after the organisation the work in two or three districts.
5. The appointment General Secretary (Org.) of the state must necessarily be made with the prior consent of the National President. For any reason if it is necessary to relieve or change the General Secretary (Org.) the same can be done only with the prior consent of the National President. If occasion arises the National President can direct the appoint of the General Secretary (Org.) at the state level.
6. Similarly the appointment of the General Secretary (Org.) of the district must necessarily be made with the prior consent of the State President. If any changes needed it can be done again with the prior consent of the State President.