OP Singh sticks to his guns, but fires missive
SENIOR BJP leader and former Irrigation Minister Om Prakash Singh on Tuesday stuck to his resolve of ?boycotting? all party meetings and activities for two months to draw top leaders? attention towards ?relevant but hitherto neglected issues?.india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 00:59 IST
SENIOR BJP leader and former Irrigation Minister Om Prakash Singh on Tuesday stuck to his resolve of ‘boycotting’ all party meetings and activities for two months to draw top leaders’ attention towards ‘relevant but hitherto neglected issues’.
Thus, he did not attend the two-day closed-door working committee meeting of the party that began here. However, Singh circulated a letter among about 160 delegates at the meeting, highlighting weaknesses of the organisation and suggesting remedial measures.
On the other hand, Lalji Tandon, in a brief but emotional address, regretted that people doubted his integrity on the basis of an intentionally circulated photograph showing him whispering to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Urging delegates not to be sensitive, Tandon said he was misunderstood, as it was part of his duty by virtue of being Leader of Opposition, to meet the CM to discuss various issues, including that of the party. Tandon said his life-long association and devoted work for the BJP must be taken into account before doubting his integrity.
Most of the 40 delegates who aired their views at the meeting emphasised the need for better coordination with a ‘hostile’ media. They suggested that the list of party nominees should immediately be finalised for Vidhan Sabha constituencies where the party was weak.
They underlined the need for more visits by senior leaders to districts and small towns.
Almost all of them were unanimous that they got shabby treatment at the State BJP office here. This was endorsed by some leaders, who, too, said the functioning and the culture of the party office needed improvement.
Jai Prakash Chaturvedi and Surya Prakash Shahi were entrusted with the job of accompanying LK Advani and Rajnath Singh, respectively, during the UP leg of their Bharat Suraksha Yatra. Shyam Nandan Singh was appointed coordinator of the two yatras.
An economic resolution was tabled on Tuesday. A political resolution will be discussed on Wednesday. Kalyan Singh will address the concluding session of the meeting on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, talking to Hindustan Times on the phone from Varanasi, Om Prakash Singh regretted that the party never discussed the reasons for its declining popularity since 1999. He clarified that his two-month ‘boycott’ was not against the party, or its leaders, but was an effort to draw attention towards crucial issues.
Dozens of agenda-based meetings rallies, conferences etc, would not serve any purpose unless the party identified real issues, weaknesses and took appropriate remedial measures, he said.
He also urged his ‘party colleagues’ to conquer the ‘greed of getting and the fear of losing something’.