Four new BJP RS members felicitated
CELEBRATION at the State BJP headquarters, where four newly elected Rajya Sabha members were felicitated today, was subdued due to the party’s decision not to celebrate Holi or Rangpanchami owing to the large-scale damage to crops in the recent hailstorm. They were elected unopposed today.
The party nominees for Rajya Sabha elections Sushma Swaraj, Vikram Verma, Narayan Kesari and Anusuiya Uike were elected unopposed and received certificates from the returning officer Dr AK Payasi at Vidhan Sabha this afternoon.
After receiving the certificates, the Rajya Sabha members drove to the party headquarters. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had reached the office earlier. State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia accompanied the leaders to Vidhan Sabha and from there to the State BJP office. Party workers welcomed the leaders with fireworks. However, enthusiasm was lacking in the atmosphere and number of workers on the occasion was hardly impressive.
Conspicuous by their absence were the leaders, including former chief ministers Sunderlal Patwa and Kailash Joshi, party vice-president Raghunandan Sharma, Anil Dave, both the party’s spokespersons Nitish Bhardwaj and Bhupendra Singh, Kailash Narayan Sarang and a number of ministers of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet, including Babulal Gaur. Notably, a section of the party leaders and workers is upset over the selection of Narayan Kesari and Anusuiya Uike as party nominees while overlooking certain senior party leaders.
The Chief Minister’s remarks in his speech obliquely echoed the workers sentiments. Talking of Anusuiya Uike, he said “sometimes those who think of getting honour miss the bus whereas those who are hardly considered for the same get the thing.”
The CM said if the party’s decision to select the candidates for the elections was to be analysed the conclusion would come to the fore that the party continued to stick to its ideology of ‘sarvsparshi’ and ‘sarvavyapi’. It wanted to take along every section of society whether it was Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, he added.
With the election of these leaders the party would be strengthened in Delhi, he said.Congratulating the four leaders on their election to Rajya Sabha, State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia said the state unit felt honoured that it had a leader like Sushma Swaraj with it.
The four leaders also addressed the party workers and assured them that they would always be available to them for the party work.