Kalyan fails to make leaders sing along
THERE SEEMS to be no end to squabbling in the BJP State unit. The party leaders have once again agreed to disagree. This time it’s over the selection of party candidates for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.
Soon after taking over as national president of the BJP, Rajnath Singh not only projected the party veteran Kalyan Singh as the Chief Minister of UP but also appointed him national vice-president and in-charge of UP affairs.
Since then Kalyan Singh has been deciding on every issue even though other senior leaders do not agree with him on several counts. The difference became sharper over the ongoing process of selection of the candidates.
The difference of opinion has had its impact on the functioning of the election committee, which was constituted to finalise the list of probable BJP nominees but. The panel has not been able to complete its job and only list ranging from 2-5 candidates for only 250 constituencies have been prepared so far.
The election committee, which has already held two meetings, is supposed to submit a panel of a maximum of three probable candidates for every Vidhan Sabha constituency to the central election committee for approval.
It had been decided that all sitting BJP legislators would get tickets, but now the formula seems unlikely to work as there is difference of opinion over it.
A senior party leader, who is involved the selection of candidates, alleged that Mahendra Singh Yadav, the BJP legislator from Bulandshahr, deserted the party when he came to know that Kalyan Singh was adamant to deny him a ticket.
He added that the charge against Yadav was that the BJP MLA did not help him wholeheartedly when Kalyan Singh had fought from the Bulandshahar Lok Sabha seat. In that poll, Kalyan Singh did not get many votes from the Bulandshahr assembly segment, which Yadav represented.
Even State BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi has not been able to take a firm stand against Kalyan Singh on any issue, another leader said.
Most BJP leaders are against fielding those who had once deserted the party.
But Kalyan Singh is allegedly interested in rewarding those who stood by him when he had floated the Rashtriya Kranti Party. A party insider regretted that earlier it was announced the opinion of grass-root workers would get due weightage in the selection of nominees but so far nothing has been done.