Caught in quagmire, BJP takes U-turn on Raghavji
The BJP leaders’ oft repeated stand that action could not be taken against the ministers in Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on unsubstantiated charges of corruption against them was conveniently ignored by them in first sacking him from the state cabinet and then from the party.bhopal Updated: Jul 08, 2013 11:23 IST
The BJP leaders’ oft repeated stand that action could not be taken against the ministers in Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on unsubstantiated charges of corruption against them was conveniently ignored by them in first sacking him from the state cabinet and then from the party.
In fact, the party had no other option left than to take a U-turn in a bid to avoid further embarrassment.
The ruling party leaders made their all- out efforts to look for the complainant and made him to withdraw his complaint but he went underground, thanks to strategy of the Congress leaders in the state.
What became more embarrassing for the party leaders was the content of the CD that went viral from Friday itself on internet.
If BJP leaders claims are to be believed two years back chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the then state BJP president Prabhat Jha among some top leaders of the party got another CD in which the ex-minister was allegedly said to be ‘seen’ with a woman.
Then, after a lot of controversy and speculations, the CD never came out.
“Yes I had seen the CD. I think the action should have been taken at the very time”, said a senior party leader talking to the Hindustan Times on Sunday at the state BJP office.
However, this time, the ruling party had no time to get the whiff of the CD so fool proof the strategy was of the Congress leaders.
Once in possession of the CD the Congress leaders avoided giving it to the local electronic TV news channels and chose a national TV news channel to run it.
Though the TV channel broke the news it avoided showing the CD given the level of vulgarity seen in the CD. Once the news was broken, other TV news channels and print media instantly grabbed the CD copies.
Some of the local channels did not lose time in running the CD, though offcourse with blurred images.
The smart phone applications like WhatsApp added fuel to fire.
Those who were not able to see the content on the TV channels they could see on WhatsApp and the CD literally went viral, thanks to smart phones in almost every hand.
The embarrassed BJP leadership was still hopeful of getting the complainant to withdraw his complaint.
The party leaders were able to pursue the complainant’s father to demolish his son’s character but in the legal context, his utterances had no meaning at all.
The party leaders knew once the complaint was lodged formally, which the police tried to avoid for about 48 years at the instructions of their political bosses, and the CD was handed over it would be difficult for them to scuttle the legal process.
This is what happened on Sunday and in a bid to avoid major embarrassment the party decided to sack Raghavji even not thinking of its oftrepeated stand and the semblance of natural justice.
When asked during the press conference why action was not taken against the BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh, state BJP general secretary (organisation) Arvind Menon and the ministers (in Shivraj Singh Chouhan government) who faced scandalous charges the state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar had no satisfactory reply to offer.
“The party president has absolute power in his hand to sack any party worker or leader as per the party’s constitution. At best what Raghavji can do is he can challenge the decision to the central party leadership,” said a senior party leader.
First Published: Jul 08, 2013 11:16 IST