On the occasion of the first death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a meeting of Delhi cooperative societies was called at the BJP Delhi State Office which was inaugurated by BJP National Vice- President Shyam Jaju.
The meeting vowed to revive the ailing cooperatives of Delhi by aggressively following co-op model of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
In his remarks on the occasion, Jaju said cooperatives could be an effective instrument for developing a connect with the masses. There are 6,000 registered cooperatives in Delhi but only 3,500 cooperative are said to be active, he lamented.
The BJP has resolved to strengthen these cooperatives in the country’s capital. The party will try to win the forthcoming assembly election on the strength of cooperatives, Jaju vowed.
The meeting was attended by Ashok Dabbas a former GC member of NCUI, representatives from different cooperatives of Delhi including thrift and credit co-ops, housing co-ops and many others. However, representatives from Urban Cooperative Banks were conspicuous by their absence.
Having a dig at the Congress party, Jaju said Congress always played narrow and dirty politics in cooperatives..
Speaking in the meeting, Ashok Dabbas talked about the importance of the cooperative sector. He highlighted the contributions of cooperatives like Amul, IFFCO, KRIBHCO and other cooperatives towards the country’s development.
Dabbas also urged the participants to draw a list of issues they face in running their cooperatives. He assured that he would put their issues before the government.
Participants took the pledge to replicate the Cooperative model of Gujarat and Maharashtra in the capital of India.
Though BJP leaders would not admit, sources add that there is a talk of gaining entry into NCUI Board with as many BJP co-operators as possible. Dabas himself is a candidate while BJP fold will also like to have a President of its choice.
“The election for the apex co-op body is slated early next year and there is only 5-6 months for planning the strategy”, sources say.
The idea to capture the top post came after it was known that Chandra Pal Singh Yadav, the strongman and the outgoing President of NCUI cannot opt for re-election due to the MSCS Act, say sources.