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BJP Youth Wing Leaders Should Now Be Below 40. And 'Look The Part' Too

Rule 75, as it is commonly known in the BJP, is an un-written code which bars veterans from holding active political posts. Now the party has notified to all its units that no office bearer in the youth wing should be over 40 years of age.

Sumit Pande | News18.com

Updated:July 26, 2017, 2:12 PM IST
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BJP Youth Wing Leaders Should Now Be Below 40. And 'Look The Part' Too
“The youth BJP leaders should not only be under 40, but they must also look like one,” says a national office bearers of the party/Representative image
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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended its age limit rule to the youth wing of the party.

Rule 75, as it is commonly known in the BJP, is an un-written code which bars veterans from holding active political posts. Now the party has notified to all its units, both central and state, that no office bearer in the youth wing should be over 40 years of age. A letter to this effect has been sent to youth wing office bearers.

The problem of “over aged” youth first came to light when Bihar unit of the Yuva Morcha was constituted. “Most of the office bearers were anything but young,” says a BJP leader.

Bihar Yuva Morcha Chief and Patna MLA Nitin Naveen was asked to take corrective measures. The not-so-young office bearers immediately took evasive action. Since most are active on social media, they immediately changed their date of birth on their Facebook page to claim exemption.

But that seems to have cut no ice with the BJP leadership. “The youth BJP leaders should not only be under 40, but they must also look like one,” says a national office bearers of the party.

BJP Yuva Morcha president and Lok Sabha MP Poonam Mahajan made it clear that there will be no compromise on the age issue under her leadership. The new age rules have now been notified by Party General Secretary in-charge of Organisation Ram Lal.

After coming to power BJP has evolved a process by which senior leaders who are above the age of 75 have been assigned either gubernatorial assignments or non-executive positions. Even within the party, senior leaders like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have been marginalised with party dropping them from two most powerful decision making bodies—the Parliamentary Board and the Central Election Committee.

Party President Amit Shah instead constituted Margdarshak Mandal—a sort of advisory board— to accommodate the two veteran leaders.

There will be no Margdarshak Mandal for the Yuva Morch though. Those who have crossed the age threshold will be asked to hone their skill and prove their mettle in the senior league.
| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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