Shejwar urges top BJP leaders to take back Uma
TERMING SUSPENSION of the four BJP MLAs by the party as improper, former minister and Uma Bharti loyalist Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar has sought the Central leadership?s intervention to call back Uma Bharti to the party fold.Updated: Feb 23, 2006 13:19 IST
TERMING SUSPENSION of the four BJP MLAs by the party as improper, former minister and Uma Bharti loyalist Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar has sought the Central leadership’s intervention to call back Uma Bharti to the party fold.
“Umaji has proved in her Ram Roti padyatra from Bhopal to Ayodhya that she has mass following. The party should utilise her services to strengthen the base and avoid split”, he added.
The four BJP MLAs Sunil Nayak , Rasal Singh, Hakam Singh Chadar and Jalam Singh Patel flanked Shejwar during the press conference held at his residence at 74-Bungalows.
Shejwar said the senior BJP leaders like Kalyan Singh, Kailash Joshi and Kalraj Mishra have advocated re-induction of Uma Bharti and he believed that the new party president Rajnath Singh would also like to see her back in the party.
When Shivraj Singh Chouhan was made leader in the BJP Legislature Party meeting here Rajnath Singh’s body language suggested that he was not happy with the way things were conducted, affairs, Shejwar claimed.
He questioned the procedure adopted for Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s election as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party.
He said Uma Bharti or for the suspended BJP MLAs or he himself only wanted to strengthen the inner democracy in the party.
They wanted reform in the party wherever it was required, hence he did not think that they had indulged in any act of indiscipline by raising their voice for setting the house in order, he said.
He further said the party’s constitution did not provide nomination of the BJP Legislature Party’s leader by the Parliamentary Board.
But the board nominated Chouhan in presence of the leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee and L K Advani who are respected as custodians of the party’s constitution.
That’s why he had doubt that the nomination was not mentioned in the records, Shejwar said. He said a good number of MLAs extended moral support to Bharti. A large number of BJP workers respected her as their leader. Had ballot been exercised for electing the leader in the legislature party meeting, the scene would have been different, he claimed.
He said it was wrong to say the party had not suffered by sacking the leaders like Balraj Madhok, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti.
‘Sadhvi wanted to support Shivraj’
FORMER MINISTER Gaurishankar Shejwar today told reporters that Uma Bharti wanted to support Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his election as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party. He said for the sake of unity in the party Bharti shared it with him that she was prepared to extend support to Chouhan provided the BJP leaders urged her to do so. But it did not happen. He
said the former BJP national organising general secretary Sanjay Joshi was well aware of the fact.
Shejwar may face action
THE BJP has taken serious note of former minister Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar’s statement today at the press conference terming the four MLAs’ suspension as wrong and questioning the procedure regarding election of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s as leader of the BJP Legislature Party in November last.
BJP office secretary Tapan Bhowmick said the office has gathered all the details regarding the press conference and forwarded to the State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia apart from central party leaders.
BJP sources said the party was contemplating action against Shejwar but before taking any decision party leaders would like to weigh its pros and cons.
They said perhaps Shejwar himself wanted to push the party to such a situation that it was forced to take action against him.
First Published: Feb 23, 2006 13:19 IST