New Delhi, July 19: Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari is engaged in a confidential mission of drafting a vision document for the party ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls, a Daily Mail report said on Thursday. It said Gadkari, who was the president of the party till January this year, has been meeting intellectuals and academics over the preparation of the document.
Among those whom Gadkari has met over the last couple of months are professor Bibek Debroy, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Rajiv Kumar, a senior fellow at the CPR.
The BJP, through the fresh document, is aiming to make governance, energy security, bureaucracy, public policy, corruption, economic growth and such other issues related to good governance its prime agenda.
Meanwhile, Mehta clarified the CPR's position saying it is always open to anybody seeking ideas but doesn't have any political orientation, the Daily Mail report said.
Debroy said it is the second such exercise within a span of few months. He said while the earlier exercise was more to build a strategy doctrine of the BJP, the second has been to lay out a new vision for the party. Rajiv Kumar said the BJP has sought his ideas.
The BJP aims to reach out to the middle class and urban voters to show that the BJP has alternative ideas and an impact on governance.
Some of the academics reportedly questioned the 'communal' credentials of the party and reminded that it would have to part ways with right-wing ideology of people like Hedgewar and Golwalkar if it wanted to connect with the urban India.