Months after elections, BJP struggles to count coins in donation boxes

Even after four months of the Lok Sabha elections, the Delhi BJP is still in the process of counting coins and depositing donations collected ahead of the polls under its ‘One Note, One Vote’ campaign.

According to sources, several district units that had collected the money had retained the boxes with them, and it took some effort from the Delhi BJP unit to force them to bring the coin-filled steel boxes to the party office.

On Tuesday, some of the office functionaries were seen counting the coins taken out of almost two dozen donation boxes bearing stickers of ‘One Note, One Vote’ and images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“These coins will be counted and bunched in lots of Rs 100 before being deposited in bank,” a BJP leader involved in the counting said.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay dismissed allegations that the donation boxes were withheld by some district level party leaders. “The entire process of collecting boxes has been completed,” he said.
But sources said the district level leaders who were issued the empty boxes ahead of the Lok Sabha elections had confiscated the cash-filled units.

“Some of the leaders were sent letters reminding them about the urgent need to deposit the donation boxes to the Delhi unit offices,” a leader said.

The process picked up after Upadhyay was appointed as Delhi unit BJP chief in July first week.
“The new party chief had taken a negative view of leaders withholding the cash boxes,” he said.
The last-minute rush to deposit donation boxes last week was noticeable due to Upadhyay’s plan to announce his new organisational team this week.

“A few leaders who had withheld the cash donation boxes have returned them in the past couple of days, as they do not want to be denied party posts in the impending rejig in the state unit,” a former vice president of the Delhi BJP unit said.

Upadhyay prefers east

Upadhyay has got a new east-facing seat and redone interiors in his room at the party’s office at Pandit Pant Marg. Earlier, the Delhi unit chief’s seat was facing north.

The yellow wall has also made way for bright white, along with new and bigger photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi complementing the fresh look.

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