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District BJP divided in ?haves? and ?have-nots?

DISTRICT BJP?s report card is in sharp contrast to the pontification by its State leaders about value-based politics on the party?s foundation day on Thursday.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 11:55 IST
Anil Dubey
Anil Dubey

DISTRICT BJP’s report card is in sharp contrast to the pontification by its State leaders about value-based politics on the party’s foundation day on Thursday.

Only recently, the district BJP unit witnessed storm over angry complaints about party workers being framed under one charge or the other by the police. Within the district unit, there is a division between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ - those considered close to the Chief Minister and the ones suspected of hidden loyalty to Uma Bharti.

When the Sadhvi was Chief Minister, the equation was reverse, though some turncoats continue to enjoy benefits of power. Their number is quite small.

A majority of BJP workers feel the power brokers are exploiting connections in administration while they are being neglected. Among the disgruntled is a sizeable section of BJP corporators too.

However, district BJP president Surendranath Singh says it is routine rumbling. “This is common in all political parties. Some workers may have good rapport with officials while other may have problems in making relations”, he remarked.

The intra-party friction keeps surfacing in one forum or another whether it is BMC general council or district planning committee meetings. BJP corporators spoke on many occasions against their own BMC chairman Ramdayal Prajapati.

Recently, the BJP made a U-turn on a road signage contract at the behest of a senior woman leader. Some party corporators had managed to get the issue shelved three months ago.

At least two BMC commissioners were removed in the past one-year due to resentment among the BJP corporators. Some BJP corporators have started mounting pressure for removal of the incumbent BMC commissioner as well.

The recent walkout from the district planning committee (DPC) meeting by some BJP leaders was also manifestation of the squabbles in the party. A section of the party leaders feels that the district administration is dancing to the tune of a ‘caucus’ which comprised politicians of both the BJP and Congress.

In the district BJP meeting also, voices were raised against alleged Congress influence over the police. Alok Sharma is learnt to be preparing a list of court cases against the BJP workers for their eventual withdrawal.

Sharma told Hindustan Times that the problems of workers are being looked into through district level working committee.
Party workers staged dharna at Police Headquarters recently, forcing action against two cops of Jehangirabad police station. They were angry over thrashing of a party worker.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 11:55 IST