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BJP workers flout Pachmarhi decision

THE STATE BJP, which had decided at its Pachmarhi Chintan Shivir last year to adopt austerity measures and shun extravaganza on the occasion of the leaders? visits and birthdays, conveniently forgot the decision on the occasion of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan?s birthday today.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 13:27 IST

THE STATE BJP, which had decided at its Pachmarhi Chintan Shivir last year to adopt austerity measures and shun extravaganza on the occasion of the leaders’ visits and birthdays, conveniently forgot the decision on the occasion of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s birthday today.

Big hoardings and banners were put up in the City and advertisements were inserted in the media to greet Chouhan. The hoardings, displaying products of several companies, were covered with sheets greeting the CM. The photographs of CM and workers appeared prominently on these sheets.

Earlier also, at the time of Chouhan’s elevation to the chief ministership and the maiden visit of the new State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia, the BJP workers were at their best in displaying their skills and resources by covering hoardings with their congratulatory greetings, hanging banners and pasting posters in the City.

The workers hardly bothered if their act would cause inconvenience to the companies which spend a considerable amount to get their products advertised, or that they were flouting the Pachmarhi Chintan Shivir decisions grossly.

When the journalists confronted Jatia with questions on the same at the time of his maiden visit, he had no answer to offer. He only said he would look into the matter. The Chief Minister accompanying him, however, had quipped that it (the decision) was not meant for the State BJP president.

Now again at the time of the BJP national president Rajnath Singh’s proposed visit on March 13 the same scenario is likely to be repeated.

When contacted, the State BJP office secretary Tapan Bhowmick said the party was colleting information on such hoardings and banners and would take appropriate decision on the same.

A senior leader of the party who did not want to be identified said even several leaders and the party workers were upset to see

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 13:27 IST