BJP leader and MLA Jalandhar Central, Manoranjan Kalia, on Sunday slammed party colleague and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Shanta Kumar for praising the Congress-led UPA government.
In an article published in a Hindi daily on Saturday, Shanta had said the Companies Act, 2013, passed during the UPA-2 headed by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was “historical”. The Act mandates companies to spend at least 2% of their profit on social development.
In a letter written to Shanta on Sunday, Kalia questioned the timing of the article and asked him why he was “annoyed” with the party. “I fail to understand what has happened to the Shanta Kumar who used to give sermons on discipline to party workers. On July 21 as well, you wrote a letter to BJP national chief Amit Shah, criticising a few moves, and deliberately leaked it on the social media. Today, you have praised the UPA,” Kalia wrote in the letter, which he also posted on his Facebook page.
“You must reply to the public what is the reason of your annoyance with the party.”
Kalia has also asked the Lok Sabha MP why he had not mentioned the achievements made by the NDA government since it took over from the UPA in 2014.
“You praised UPA, but you failed to find even a single achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley. Don’t you like any of the initiative taken by your own government?” Kalia’s letter read.
Kalia and Shanta have no love lost between each other. The former has been bitter ever since he was shunted out as the local bodies and industries minister of Punjab when Shanta was BJP’s Punjab affairs in-charge in 2011. Later in 2012, when SAD-BJP made a comeback in the state, Kalia was again not made minister despite his seniority.
Kalia has always said that Shanta had allegedly joined hands with Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma, Kalia’s rival, to ensure that he never became minister. Not only that, Kalia has also blamed Shanta for the BJP’s loss in the 2012 assembly polls in Himachal.
“I visited Himachal few days ago and many senior BJP leaders told me that in 2012 you had played spoilsport. Since tickets in Kangra, the biggest district of the state, were given at your behest, and the party lost miserably from there,” Kalia alleged.