Tempers ran high in a meeting of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday as the party leaders raised issues surrounding the Gwal Pahari land and change in route of metro rail. The leaders accused officials of high handedness and accused some party leaders of nepotism and favouritism in tweaking decisions in favour of vested interests.
The meeting was convened after 18 MLAs, including Gurgaon MLA Umesh Agarwal, voiced dissent against the government, alleging nepotism, corruption, mishandling of Jat reservation issue, high handedness of the bureaucracy and accusing the leadership of ignoring party workers.
In a bid to address the concerns of workers, the party high command nominated V Satish, joint general secretary, organisation, to convene a meeting with disgruntled leaders and listen to their grievances. The meeting of all district party heads and members of the state executive was held on Wednesday at private club in South City-2.
“One of the senior party leaders from Gurgaon pointed to the role of an IAS officer in the Gwal Pahari land issue. The leader said that such officers are misleading the chief minister and are tarnishing image of the party,” a leader privy to the meeting said. The good thing is that all attendees were allowed to voice their concerns and the senior leaders heard them, the leader said.
The aggrieved leaders named three local leaders and the relative of a minister who they claimed were responsible for change in metro rail route. “The route has been changed for benefitting some vested interests. These people have misguided the chief minister,” said Agarwal, who was present at the meeting, but has been spearheading the opposition against a section of leaders on the issue.
A meeting of all party legislators will be held at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the issues further.
Subhash Barala, state BJP president, ruled out any resentment. “No legislator is dissatisfied with the government. The government is committed to carrying out development works in all constituencies,” Barala said.