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BJP to decide on action against pro-Uma MLAs

THE STATE BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia said here today the party?s disciplinary committee would take decision on the MLAs who were siding with the expelled leader Uma Bharti. However, the disciplinary committee is to be constituted within the next couple of days.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 15:55 IST

THE STATE BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia said here today the party’s disciplinary committee would take decision on the MLAs who were siding with the expelled leader Uma Bharti. However, the disciplinary committee is to be constituted within the next couple of days.

Jatia, who convened a press conference to apprise the journalists of the party’s concern over skyrocketing prices in the market and the party’s protest programmes in the state, faced a volley of questions from the journalists as to whether party was hesitating in taking action against the MLAs because of ensuing Budhni assembly constituency by-election.

It was pointed out to Jatia that four of the MLAs had already been suspended from the party, while former minister Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar was yet to face any action from the party.

The reporters asked the state president what was the yardstick in the party to take action in the matter of indiscipline, as Uma Bharti had been expelled quickly from the party following her alleged indiscipline whereas several MLAs continued to remain with the party despite facing similar charges. They still hurled accusations on the party leaders.

Jatia said the party had a system and it would examine the charges faced by MLAs. Without going through the charges and establishing the facts it could not be said that they had indulged in indiscipline, he added.

Jatia again had no satisfactory reply when asked why the four MLAs Jalam Singh, Sunil Naik, Rasal Singh and Hakam Singh Chadar had been suspended from the party, whereas former minister Gaurishankar Shejwar’s act in joining Uma Bharti at her Delhi rally had failed to draw the party’s attention.

Jatia said the prices in the market had been soaring after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power at the Centre. As compared to last year, the prices in the market shot up by 25 per cent.

He released a list of prices to compare the prices under the then NDA government regime and the prices under the present UPA government. The prices of almost all essential commodities and other commodities including wheat flour, wheat, rice, bread, sugar, tealeaf, mustard oil, ghee, pulses, milk and milk products, cement, iron, bricks, LPG, kerosene, petrol and diesel had gone up by 10 to 50 per cent.

However, when asked why the state government did not reduce the tax on petrol and diesel to reduce the price burden on the common man he said he would look into the matter.

When asked about his new team, he said this would be decided this month only. On organising secretaries he said he did not think organising secretaries should be changed.

On permission to the party leader Anil Dave to go on Narmada expedition, he said he did not need permission for it.

First Published: Mar 28, 2006 15:55 IST