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Let me understand the issues first: Jatia

IN HIS first formal press conference as the State BJP president, Satyanarayan Jatia chose to speak on Union Budget, rather than the problems dogging the organisation. He had apparently done smart homework on statistics of the budget but hadn't bothered to see Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's reaction on it.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 13:25 IST

IN HIS first formal press conference as the State BJP president, Satyanarayan Jatia chose to speak on Union Budget, rather than the problems dogging the organisation. He had apparently done smart homework on statistics of the budget but hadn't bothered to see Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's reaction on it.

“I haven't seen his reaction”, Jatia confessed, smile fixed on face, when reporters informed him about the Chief Minister's praise of the budget. Interestingly, Chouhan's otherwise critical reaction on the budget made some room for compliment to the Union Finance Minister on the couple of concessions that Jatia found deceptive and worthless. These included short-term loan facility to farmers and two per cent subsidy on previous loans.

When the reporters drew his attention to the contradiction in his and the CM's stand, Jatia rather sheepishly argued that a Chief Minister's stand on the Central Government might not be similar to that of an organisation's man in the ruling party.

He belaboured on the theory for a while which implied that the CM can not afford to antagonise the Union Government whereas party man has to be straight and aggressive.

Having said this, Jatia hastened to add, “But there is a perfect coordination between the government and the party in MP”. He even observed that such coordination is 'natural', whatever that meant. On issues relating to indiscipline in the party, the new State BJP president virtually pleaded with the media men to let him first settle on the seat.

On questions about Uma's Janadesh Yatra, Jatia observed he does not see any thing wrong in the Yatra as every body is free to undertake yatra, but he would rather prefer the BJP men don't join it. Any action if they do? “Let district units take note of such action”, was Jatia's reply.

The new president also admitted that he had 'knowledge' of the suspension of four MLAs but had no role in the action, though he had already become the State president by then. He left the possibility of any action against Dr Shejwar's 'possible' misdemeanour in the controversial press conference to the party's disciplinary committee, adding he might also take cognisance of it.

On Uma issue he reiterated the earlier stand that it is beyond him. When reminded that party's national spokesman Prakash Javdekar has already said Uma is a closed chapter for the BJP, Jatia replied, if he said so he also endorses the statement.

Only bit of information that came from the press conference rather late was that the new BJP president will make only a few necessary changes in the existing body and those changes are likely soon.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 13:25 IST