As infighting intensifies, BJP MLAs likely to seek Amit Shah’s help
The MLAs are also unhappy with the recent attacks and vandalising the residence of Haridwar rural MLA Yatishwaranand by local ABVP workers on Saturday.Updated: Sep 10, 2017 20:29 IST
Dehradun: The snowballing clashes between the BJP workers and their own MLAs and leaders, tainting the reputation of the state organisation, will be taken up by the legislators with party president Amit Shah during his state visit on September 19.
According to sources, a section of the party MLAs has blamed the state leadership for its inability to rein in the unruly behaviour of the party workers who misbehaved with the legislators and want to raise the issue with the party president.
The MLAs are also unhappy with the recent attacks and vandalising the residence of Haridwar rural MLA Yatishwaranand by local ABVP workers on Saturday. A similar incident had taken place at Premnagar ashram of state Cabinet minister Satpal Maharaj in Haridwar when supporters of mayor Manoj Garg led by him clashed with ashram workers that went out of the hands of state BJP president Ajay Bhatt and landed up in the court of Shah.
“Yatishwaranand issue is an indication that some elements in the party are having free run in the organisation. No matter what, ABVP workers’ vandalism at party MLA’s residence cannot be tolerated. State leadership will have to nip the bud before its turns into a rot. Central leadership will be appraised about the existing situation and we will demand stringent action against such unruly behaviour,” said a BJP MLA from Haridwar Lok Sabha constituency, who did not want to be named.
On the other hand, Yatishwaranand himself stated that the ABVP workers’ attack against him was a planned move by some people within the organisation. “Attack on me was a pre-planned move by some people. We have put forth our problem before the party president but nothing has happened so far. The matter will be taken to the higher levels if needed,” said Yatishwarnand.
Apart from Yatishwaranand and Satpal Maharaj ashram episodes, a block president from Haridwar was also beaten up recently by the party’s own workers after an organisational meeting. The victim was picked by some BJP workers and taken away to an isolated place where he was thrashed by them. “No action was taken against them despite the fact that the state BJP chief is well aware of the incident,” said the MLA.
BJP spokesperson Virendra Singh Bisht said, “Misbehaviour with party MLA Yateeshwaranand has to be condemned and action will be taken against those responsible for it.”
First Published: Sep 10, 2017 20:29 IST