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BJP feuding to the fore again

THE SIMMERING factional feud in local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit will have its echo in the much delayed inaugural function of the newly constructed Manikbag overbridge in the City tomorrow. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to cut the red ribbon to dedicate the bridge to the public at a function tomorrow.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 13:12 IST

THE SIMMERING factional feud in local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit will have its echo in the much delayed inaugural function of the newly constructed Manikbag overbridge in the City tomorrow. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to cut the red ribbon to dedicate the bridge to the public at a function tomorrow.

The bridge, which will prove to be a boon to lakhs of commuters in the area, could have been declared open around two months back had Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma not made it a prestige issue to bring a senior BJP leader like former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee or new party president Rajnath Singh to inaugurate the bridge.

Dr Sharma, with the active and open support of party national vice-president and local MP Sumitra Mahajan, wanted to bring a senior party leader to inaugurate the bridge just to show to her opponents in the party her influence at the national level.

Though the programme was never as important as to merit presence of a leader of Vajpayee’s stature, the Mayor still made it a prestige issue to bring some senior leaders from Delhi.

Though Sumitra Mahajan and Dr Sharma had been to Delhi several times in the recent past to impress Vajpayee to come to Indore for this purpose, the latter is reported to have turned down the request on some or the other pretext.

Then the Mayor-Mahajan duo contacted the new party president Rajnath Singh to visit Indore for the bridge’s inauguration. But at the last minute today, the party president’s programme to Indore has been cancelled, leaving Mayor and Mahajan in a very awkward position. “There is no confirmation from party headquarters in Delhi about the president’s visit to Indore tomorrow, meaning it has been cancelled,” said BJP City president Ramesh Mendola.

There is a feeling in the local party circles, that the bridge should have been opened the day it was completed, around two months back, and Chief Minister of the State would have been the right candidate to inaugurate a bridge. “At least after the public outcry, the bridge should have been opened much earlier.

The Chief Minister could have come two months back also,” a party leader argued. There was an outcry in the City over the delay in the inauguration of the bridge. In fact, infuriated over the inordinate delay in opening the bridge, the Youth Congress workers, led by its City president Devendra Singh Yadav, some time back had threatened to forcefully open the bridge.

According to party sources, the Mayor wanted to avoid Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as he is close to her fried-turned-foe State PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya. “In fact, the Mayor wanted to show Vijayvargiya her influence at the national level by bringing a senior party leader.

But, eventually it has been fallen flat,” a party source said. Mayor Dr Sharma could not be contacted for comment, as she was not responding to phone calls.