?Jaichands? beware: Keshari
STATE BJP chief Keshari Nath Tripathi on Tuesday sounded a note of caution to ?Jaichands? within the party. He exhorted party leaders and workers to get rid of the culture of ?individualism?. He said they could criticise the party, its leaders and policies, but only in party forums, and not through the Press.Updated: Apr 05, 2006 00:43 IST
STATE BJP chief Keshari Nath Tripathi on Tuesday sounded a note of caution to ‘Jaichands’ within the party. He exhorted party leaders and workers to get rid of the culture of ‘individualism’. He said they could criticise the party, its leaders and policies, but only in party forums, and not through the Press.
However, he clarified that ‘vyaktivad’ (individualism) and an individual holding a particular post were two different issues and they should not be mixed.
He expressed these views at the inauguration of a two-day working committee meeting at the State party office here.
Tripathi ‘advised’ legislators and workers not to fall prey to the lure of short-term political gains. He announced that the BJP would ensure the defeat of ‘turncoat’ party legislators by launching a campaign to expose them in their respective constituencies.
On the controversial party directive to its legislators to give third preference votes to Independent candidate Sudhansu Mittal in the Rajya Sabha election, Tripathi clarified that it was a decision taken by the party high command to ensure the defeat of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the Congress and the BSP nominees.
Mittal’s name was proposed by Mukhtar Ansari, accused of engineering the Mau riots, and Vijay Singh, a convict in the murder of senior BJP leader Brahm Dutt Dwivedi.
Tripathi claimed the BJP was committed to construction of a grand Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya and abrogation of Article 370. He said the party had never dropped Hindutva from its agenda, though a disinformation campaign was launched by vested interests.
He condemned those who left the organisation. He held their unreasonable ambitions responsible for their politically incorrect decision. Many of them were now repenting and were interested in returning to the party fold, he said, adding that the party was firm on saying no to them.
Without mentioning the name of sacked BJP leader Uma Bharti and her efforts to launch a new political outfit, he said those trying to damage the BJP were simply strengthening communal forces.
He dubbed Sonia Gandhi’s resignation “a selfish move, a drama and a fraud on people”. He claimed that she had resigned due to fear of being disqualified.
He reiterated the BJP’s demand for Vidhan Sabha elections under President’s Rule.
He said free and fair elections could not be held in the State under the Mulayam Singh Yadav regime, which “had a long history of blatant misuse of the official machinery, rigging and booth capturing”.
He accused the Congress of having a secret understanding with the chief minister and his Samajwadi Party. The State BJP chief asked why the Congress was reluctant to impose President’s Rule in UP, despite repeated assurances from the BJP that it would give unconditional support to the Congress on the issue in the Lok Sabha.
He claimed that the BJP was still a party with a difference and much better in all respects than any other. He said its prime concern was to help people of the state get rid of the SP Government which was being run by the mafia.
Tripathi said that the BJP was the only alternative to the “corrupt, inefficient and criminal-dominated” government.
First Published: Apr 05, 2006 00:43 IST