State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Om Mathur said on Monday strong action should be taken on those responsible for misbehaving with veteran party leader and lawmaker Ghanshyam Tiwari.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Tiwari at his residence in the city, Mathur said factionalism in politics does happen but such incidents are unfortunate.
“If respect and honour ends in the party then where would the party go? Immediate action should be taken against people involved in misbehavior with Tiwari.”
“The state party organisation should take strict action against those responsible and ensured that such things do not repeat in future.”
He said while the BJP across the country is making positive atmosphere but on the other hand such incidents are denting the image of party.
Mathur’s meeting with Tiwari comes after BJP president Amit Shah enquired about the incident from state party in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna.
“We will not tolerate indiscipline and strict action be taken against people responsible,” said Ashok Parnami, state BJP chief, who has ordered a probe into the incident.
Member of state BJP disciplinary committee Madan Lal Saini, who probed the allaged manhandling said, “Whatever happened is unfortunate. Those responsible will be discussed and action be taken after probe.” Saini on Monday said probe report over the incident has been submitted to the state leadership.
Meanwhile party workers and leaders who are accused of manhandling Tiwari met Parnami at his residence and denied any act of misbehavior.
Sources in the party said the workers accused of manhandling Tiwari have claimed that the charges are baseless.
Earlier, Tiwari’s supporters had met Parnami demanding immediate action against the workers who manhandled him.
Threatening to launch a protest, Rajasthan Brahmin Mahasabhan chief Subhash Parashar said there is a huge resentment among the Brahmin community on how the senior party leadership misbehaved with Tiwari. “Since long efforts are on to marginalise Tiwari by the BJP. If disciplinary action is not taken against people responsible for the act than community leaders will meet party leaders and if required thousands of community men will come together to protest,” he said.
Parashar said chief minister Vasundhara Raje and state BJP president Ashok Parnami should have met Tiwari after the incident but till date none had approached him-this shows that somewhere the senior leaders are involved in the unfortunate incident.
Even Congress has come in support of the Brahmin leader. The manhandling of Tewari by BJP workers has given politics a bad name in the state, said state Congress spokesperson Pratap Singh Khachariyawas.
“If such misbehavior takes place against a senior leader then people will stop trusting politicians,” he said.
“When I enquired about his health on the phone he told that he had never dreamt that he would have to face such days.”
“It was very unfortunate that Tiwari was humiliated in such a planned manner,” said Khachariyawas.
On Friday, Tiwari, who is considered a Raje’s critic, was allegedly shoved and manhandled when he gone to attend a block-level party workers’ training programme in Sanganer along with his supporters.
According to party sources, Tewari , who is the lawmaker from Sanganer, was to address the concluding session of the training programme, but was denied entry to the venue by the supporters of Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra.
Party workers present at the venue, allegedly misbehaved with Tiwari and also shoved him. The incident was followed by an angry exchange of blows between the supporters of Bohra and Tiwari.