Conclave cuts no ice with BJP workers
THE TWO-DAY State BJP Working Committee meeting, which ended here on Wednesday with sermons on sinking differences, failed to impress party workers, many of whom were disappointed, confused and frustrated.india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:06 IST
THE TWO-DAY State BJP Working Committee meeting, which ended here on Wednesday with sermons on sinking differences, failed to impress party workers, many of whom were disappointed, confused and frustrated.
Most of their queries remained unanswered. They had asked whether former minister and senior party leader Om Prakash Singh’s decision to ‘boycott’ all party meetings and activities for two months was an act of indiscipline? They also wanted to know what prevented the party from taking disciplinary action against Singh. He not only boycotted the meeting, but also circulated a letter among delegates, openly criticising the leadership.
The delegates were left wondering how could there be unity among workers when many of the senior leaders were at loggerheads with one other. There was competition among workers to prove their loyalty to their respective leaders within the organisation.
The meeting also failed to suggest any remedial measures to counter the ‘Uma effect’ in the State, which has been damaging the BJP’s poll prospects in a big way. The possibility of more BJP leaders joining hands with Uma Bharti cannot be ruled out. She seems bent upon making a dent in the party’s traditional vote bank. The party has failed to prevent its workers and leaders from attending Bharti’s meetings and functions, despite clear directives in this regard. The Uma issue was sidelined at the meeting, probably to avoid an embarrassing situation.
The party’s tendency to yield to pressure and change its decisions was discussed among the workers, but not at the meeting. Some of the delegates sought a justification for changing the party’s official nominee for the Kauriram Vidhan Sabha by-election at the last minute, under pressure from Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath. The BJP’s initial official nominee later contested as an Independent to ensure defeat of the Yogi’s candidate. The BJP ‘rebel’ got more than 10,000 votes, which would have otherwise gone to the party.
Even after repeated announcements that the BJP would not go in for any pre or post-poll alliance, there were few takers in the organisation for this so-called firm stand.
The delegates feared that the party might enter into another alliance with Mayawati on the pretext of avoiding ‘another election’, as was done on three occasions earlier. They disclosed that many of the party legislators were in touch with Mayawati and might desert the party at an appropriate time to serve their own interests.
However, the party was able to muster some courage to demand a CBI inquiry into the assets of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members. The demand followed a unanimous view among all leaders that the party should be assertive in the run-up to the Vidhan Sabha elections.
It was probably because of this that even Lalji Tandon condemned the Chief Minister and accused him of not dealing firmly with terrorists.
Party national chief Rajnath Singh’s perceived apathy to his own State is yet another cause of concern among party workers.
They felt that Singh was avoiding interfering in UP affairs and had handed over the State to the Kalyan Singh-Keshari Nath Tripathi-Lalji Tandon team.