BJP meet overshadowed by absence of dissidents

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Jaipur, Oct 28 (UNI) A two-day Rajasthan BJP state executive meet, aimed at gearing up of the party organisation for the next Assembly elections, which concluded in Sawanliaji town of Chittorgarh district yesterday, was overshadowed by the absence of dissidents.

Several prominent leaders, including Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari, Industries Minister and former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's son-in-law Narpat Singh Rajvi, former BJP state Presidents sitting MPs Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi and Raghubir Singh Kaushal, Tribal Development Minister Kanak Mal Katara and Government Chief Whip Mahavir Prasad Jain and a large number of sitting MPs and MLAs and district units' presidents abstained.

These leaders were mostly known to be unhappy with present state of affairs in party or government leadership.

Several of them like Government Chief Whip Mr Jain, former state president Raghubur Singh Kaushal and party leader Onkar Singh Lakhawat were holding parallel parleys in Jaipur to advance their "mission".

What is significant that these leaders who so far used to be shy in accept their annoyedness were vocal this time and even ignored former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani's presence in the meet.

On his way to Sawanliaji and back home Delhi Mr Advani stayed in Udaipur for considerable time but Home Minister Mr Kataria who was in the town not only opted to remain away from the Sawanliaji conclave but also avioded to call on Mr Advani.

Mr Advani made a categorical observation in his speech at the meet, to the ongoing dissident activities and cautioned the party rank and files to project an image of disciplined party and disciplined workers otherwise it might cost them dearly in the elections.

Mr Advani said Vasundhara Raje Government performance was satisfactory but added to warn that only good performance of the state government could not deliver good results at the hustings.

He said "If party and its workers image is not good among masses, if there is a perception among masses that the party and its workers indulged in infighting and indiscipline it may mar the election results." He said he wanted to warn and counsel all partymen to realise the fact and behave accordingly.

He said that he did not want to warn only those who might be indulging in indiscipline but wanted to stress upon the fact that maintaining discipline and self restraint was responsibility of all partymen and all should realise it.

In his concluding note BJP General Secretary and Rajasthan unit's incharge Gopinath Munde also stressed upon due regard for unity, discipline and party cause and advised all to be disciplined and result oriented.

He said that those who are not delivering good results might be changed and others might be given a chance to show their mettle. He said ministers should also be not excluded from his observation as his warning was applicable to all and sword might fall on any of their heads.

He also indicated change in state BJP constitution on the pretext of due representation to women in the executive and asked state party president Dr Mahesh Sharma to ensure 33 per cent representation of women in the executive by the next quarterly meet.

The dissidents groups felt enthused over Mr Advani and Mr Munde's speeches. The groups who earlier used to give some or the other reason for their non participation in such party programmes this time accepted that they did not attend the meet intentionally.

Talking to UNI former state president sitting MP LK Chaturvedi said " Yes I did not attend the meet but will not tell you the reason, instead I shall tell the reason to the high command".

Mr Chaturvedi also refused to share with media his views over the state of affairs in the party organisation and government and said that he would speak to the high command only.

A dissident group prominent leader told UNI that the situation had arisen due to non implementation of "some assurance" given by the high command to them in connection with their demand.

Government Chief Whip Mr Jain said those who are called dissidents were demanding nothing for themselves but were talking of the cause of the party.

He said that most of these leaders are old RSS activists who had devoted their entire life for the party's cause and were still working for the same.

Mr Jain said that Mr Advani's speech had also vindicated their cause as he had also warned state leadership to be aware of their responsibility and maintain self restraint.


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