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BJP infighting comes to the fore

KAPTAN Singh Solanki?s removal from the State BJP organising general secretary?s post on Tuesday brought out party infighting in the open. A section of the RSS leaders was unwilling to see him continue on the post ? he occupied for over 4 years ? any more.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 03:01 IST
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KAPTAN Singh Solanki’s removal from the State BJP organising general secretary’s post on Tuesday brought out party infighting in the open. A section of the RSS leaders was unwilling to see him continue on the post – he occupied for over 4 years — any more. 

That Solanki would be removed from the post became clear the moment he was stripped of the RSS pracharak post. Ever since Makhan Singh stepped in the party, it was obvious that Makhan would replace Solanki any day. Before this development, the delay in Makhan’s nomination gave an impression that Solanki would get prestigious post either in the State or at the Centre.

In present circumstances, chances of his accommodation in the State BJP appear slim. Given several State senior leaders’ stake for various positions in the Central BJP, his elevation to any post at the Centre does not appear to be a smooth affair.

His detractors had in the past repeatedly complained to the Central BJP leadership and the RSS leaders about his ‘style of functioning’. Now, they would try their level best to see that he does not get any important assignment, said the party sources. 

The sources said RSS kshetriya pracharak Vinodji and Suresh Soni at the central level played key role in his departure from the party’s State affairs.

Now, the State BJP affairs will revolve around Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan until and unless relations between Makhan and the CM get strained. Chouhan happens to be close to Suresh Soni.

Sources feel given Solanki’s major role in neutralising Uma Bharti led BJP MLAs’ rebellion it seems quite unlikely for him to get the marching orders before 2008 assembly elections. But by removing him from the post, the RSS tried to send out the message that nobody should consider him or her indispensable.

Of late, Solanki sensed troubled time for him. He gradually began distancing from the party office. For some time, he was keeping a low profile.

And, this can be evidenced from his staying at his son’s place during night for the past two months.  Sources said Solanki was expecting to get a major role in the party either at the State or the national level. But will the Central BJP leadership or the RSS leaders give him important responsibility is something that remains to be seen.