No ripples in MP over Uma rally

MORE THAN trepidation, curiosity was witnessed here today in the State BJP over the Delhi rally of expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti. The rally failed to create any ripples in the MP, as there was no surprise inclusion from the State?s contingent of her supporters.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 15:50 IST

MORE THAN trepidation, curiosity was witnessed here today in the State BJP over the Delhi rally of expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti. The rally failed to create any ripples in the MP, as there was no surprise inclusion from the State’s contingent of her supporters.

That is why, the party is in no hurry to take action against the MLAs and workers who attended the rally. According to sources, the State BJP would discuss disciplinary action against the rebels in its April 27 meeting, three days ahead of the scheduled date of launching of her political outfit in Chitrakoot.

The party sources said of the five MLAs who attended the rally, only former minister Gaurishankar Shejwar is still to face action.

The remaining four Sunil Naik, Hakam Singh Chadar, Rasal Singh and Jalam Singh were already suspended from the party for their anti-party activities. They chose not to give reply to the party’s show-cause notices either.

Others who were seen in the Delhi rally included Prahlad Patel, Bhagwan Das Sabnani, Vikas Virani, Shaitan Singh Patel, Shivshankar Pateria, Shailendra Pradhan and others.

State BJP spokesperson Bhupendra Singh said the issue of disciplinary action against the rebels would be referred to the disciplinary committee.

Revenue Minister Kamal Patel in his reaction said a few leaves falling off a tree hardly mattered for the tree. On the face of it, everything was normal in the State BJP office today. Organising general secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki, office-secretary Tapan Bhowmick and the media in-charge Vijesh Lunawat were present in their rooms interacting with visitors in the afternoon.

The TV news channels started beaming the news on Uma Bharti’s rally in the afternoon. Yet the office-bearers hardly showed any interest in the news.

By the evening the State BJP leaders, the ministers in Shivraj Cabinet and party workers heaved a sigh of relief that only those leaders attended the Delhi rally who had already aaken part in Uma Bharti’s Ram Roti Padyatra and there was no new face in the rally.

The State BJP has already suspended more than 80 of Uma supporters including four MLAs. Around two-three workers were suspended in almost every district since Bharti took out her ‘Ram Roti Yatra’ from the State Capital in November, according to state BJP spokesman Bhupendra Singh.

Claiming that no mainstream BJP leader in the State has come out openly in her support, Singh said instructions to party workers to refrain from her political functions were issued and a strict vigil was being maintained.

Bharti camp, which has been claiming huge support for her, had been banking on a large section of MLAs to break off from BJP once she announces her new party, sources said.

The State disciplinary committee of BJP is having a busy time since suspension of four MLAs for attending political function of the fiery sanyasin in January 2006, as complaints have been pouring in from different districts, party sources said.

Party district presidents had been instructed to keep a vigil on the activities of the workers and deal with indiscipline at local levels by taking appropriate action, they added.

However, the party leaders chose to play it down by claiming that she was drawing little support, that too from ‘small-time workers from her close circle.’

“Barring some of her relatives or close acquaintances, no major leader or party office-bearer has joined her in Delhi,” Singh claimed, ruling out any complaint or possible action against anyone.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 15:50 IST