MAKHAN SINGH, the new RSS pointsman in the State BJP, on Thursday reminded party leaders during the BJP executive meeting the pious Pachmarhi pledges that they will not indulge in ostentatious show of power though huge posters and hoardings or by resorting to things like chakka jams.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the State BJP president when party leaders and workers had vowed in Pachmarhi to maintain simplicity in personal conduct.
Makhan Singh had given a piece of his mind on pomp and show to the party workers in the function last month that marked culmination of the new BJYM State president Vishwas Sarang’s street show. Citing a phone caller’s inconvenience, an annoyed Makhan Singh had told the gathering to abstain from such needless extravaganzas.
On Thursday, he took the opportunity in the conclusion of the two-day State executive meet to warn the BJP workers against public display of ‘power intoxication’.
According to sources, when Makhan Singh was exhorting leaders to observe solemnity and simplicity in conduct and shun pomp and show, Commerce and Industries Minister Babulal Gaur demanded tongue-in-cheek that Makhan Singh asked Narendra Singh Tomar to restrain supporters from firing in the air. Gunshots were fired in the air at Gwalior when Tomar visited his hometown for the first time after being appointed party’s State chief.
When Tomar was asked by newspersons about Makhan Singh’s observations, he said hoardings and posters are not an issue. What the BJP is against is ludicrous and vulgar pomp & show, he clarified.
However, when asked whether he considers rows of massive hoardings with faces of umpteen BJP leaders on every nook & corner of the City ludicrous, Tomar laughingly dismissed the question as ‘what others do is ludicrous’.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his concluding remarks in the meet asked party leaders to remain in constant touch with people who have elected them to power.
He advised ministers and MLAs to stay in the house of some party workers rather than at rest house or circuit house during their visit to various districts.
Communication gap with the electorate must not be allowed to creep in due to change in life style 3after coming to power, he cautioned.
Singh also expressed displeasure over manhandling of officers by BJP activists at some places, allegations of forcible extraction of funds and bribe demanded for transfers and postings. “Impression created by good works of the Government is ‘neutralised’ by such activities”, he remarked.