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Saffron infighting set to intensify

india Updated: Jul 28, 2006 15:18 IST
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AFTER A group of emotionally charged supporters of MLA Harender Jeet Singh ‘Babbu’ torched an effigy of Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani late last night here, infighting in the local BJP camps is likely to intensify.

In a dramatic manner, BJP MLA Babbu, enjoying support of some local MLAs, yesterday tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, accusing Rohani for browbeating him in the name of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani.

He also accused Rohani of hindering development work in his constituency. Later in the night Babbu withdrew his resignation on the advice of the Chief Minister.

Some Members of Legislative Assembly and BJP leaders are happy with Babbu’s action. At least someone has blown the trumpet against Rohani, a BJP leader said.

“We are anticipating some more party leaders to follow the suit”, he remarked.  The revenue and police officials are dancing to whim and fancies of Rohani and aren’t carrying for the other ranks of the party, he said.

On the other hand, the MLA and BJP City president Sharad Jain who, of late, has come close to Rohani, said burning Rohani’s effigy was clear a case of indiscipline, adding he has apprised the State leadership about the incident. He declared that such acts aren’t tolerated in the BJP.

Jain said that those involved in the protest are not known to be in the party cadres. A loyalist of Rohani said Babbu was a master in staging dramas to keep himself alive in politics.

He dubbed his action as a mere political stunt. If he really wanted to resign why he didn’t tender his resignation to the Speaker or Governor, he asked.

Babbu, rather accusing Rohani should work for the people in his constituency, he remarked. Meanwhile, the political observers here feel the anti-Rohani camp bid of resignation might have caused some impression upon Chief Minister that the time was proper to clip the wings of the Assembly Speaker before it was too late.