While all the eleven BJP MLAs stand in queue to face the music over cross voting, the state unit president Shamsher Singh Manhas has termed it as most heinous crime committed by his legislative team that should be sternly dealt with, if found guilty.
On his own moral responsibility as the head of the party, Shamsher Singh laid the onus on the Legislative part of the party only denying any involvement from any other corner saying the others are doing great work on the nationalists’ pattern of the BJP.
Talking exclusively to Hindustan Times after the fiasco, Shamsher Singh revealed about his party’s later strategies, irrespective of the outcome of the decision of the 11 MLAs bound to appear in person at national headquarters.
Q: Don’t you feel that it becomes your moral responsibility too to tender the resignation after such debacle that almost erased Party image among its people.
Ans: A handful of MLAs falling prey to the corrupt government machinations does not mean that party has lost its bearings. All have submitted their resignation to the national president and would abide by the decision given.
Tendering my resignation is not the solution to this impasse as people are looking forward to us as to how we can cleanse the immoral trafficking in the party and resurrect our image.
Q: Would you be favouring the decision of national high command sending all the 11 MLAs to guillotine?
Ans: If proven guilty, it would be the right decision. But since only seven have done the damage, other four facing the wrath would be an injustice done to them.
Q: The reports making the round about the cash-for-vote deal having been sealed by a son of an influential BJP MLA in connivance with NC-Cong leaders is making hot news. What is your take on it?
Ans: It is very pre-mature to comment on anything. But then as media is reporting over such issues, Party High command is there to look into the matter.
Besides if the deal was struck through cash-for-vote, from where does this cash come from to the ruling alliance. This aspect has to be looked into. I seek High command’s interference into the matter to file charges against PCC and NC president in the court for getting the truth out.
Q: If proven guilty, all MLAs as per their submission of their resignation may leave a void in the party for bye-elections. Do you acknowledge on a need for cleansing the party and giving chance to second line?
Ans: After this dirty episode, there is a great need of cleansing the party. It is not such that only a particular segment comprises the whole nationalistic domain of BJP in the state. There are infinite number of young and enthusiast workers who can hold the reigns for much betterment and giving much cleaner governance through opposition.
Q: The sword of Damocles hangs on your head too after this debacle as one of your senior national leaders was heard quoting your reference as an incompetent leader.
Ans: Whatever has held in the party over cross voting is altogether a different preposition which comprised Chaman lal Gupta as the leader of BJP legislature party with Jugal Kishore as his deputy in the assembly. Senior MLA Ashok Khajuria issued the whip under whose leadership the MLAs defied and faltered.(Throwing a smile). You must have heard wrong.
Q: Is is true that the vote-for-cash exercise was conducted through the lower rung to maintain the 'sanctity' of top brass, which may later act as a 'jury' to take the cognizance of the ‘unknown defaulters’ only to dissolve the matter over a strict warning to the MLAs?
Ans: Ball is in the High Command's court. Their findings would reveal the truth to the state as well as the nation.