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Uma sets the cat among BJP

PARTICIPATION OF a number of BJP workers and leaders in a meeting convened by sacked BJP leader Uma Bharti at Sitapur on Thursday, is yet another indication of growing indiscipline in the party. This comes at a time when the party has been facing a threat of an ?exodus?, even after the suspension of eight party legislators for indulging in cross-voting violating a party whip. Uma?s meeting at Sitapur, yesterday, was dominated by local BJP workers and leaders, prominent among whom were former MLC Vindhyavasni, former MP Janardan Mishra, Neeraj Jain, KN Rastogi, Sanjay Mishra and three ex district unit presidents of the party.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 01:56 IST

PARTICIPATION OF a number of BJP workers and leaders in a meeting convened by sacked BJP leader Uma Bharti at Sitapur on Thursday, is yet another indication of growing indiscipline in the party. This comes at a time when the party has been facing a threat of an ‘exodus’, even after the suspension of eight party legislators for indulging in cross-voting violating a party whip.

Uma’s meeting at Sitapur, yesterday, was dominated by local BJP workers and leaders, prominent among whom were former MLC Vindhyavasni, former MP Janardan Mishra, Neeraj Jain, KN Rastogi, Sanjay Mishra and three ex district unit presidents of the party.

The function at Sitapur was interestingly organised by the Vikramaditya Mahotsav Samiti constituted by the local unit of the RSS to celebrate the Hindu New Year. Strangely, the samiti decided to invite Uma Bharti as chief guest despite her being a potential threat to the saffron brigade. The Sitapur unit of the BJP is sure that the RSS is with Uma.

Talking to the Hindustan Times here on Friday, state BJP chief Keshari Nath Tripathi said he was aware of the fact that that many party workers/leaders had attended Uma’s function despite clear directives and dubbed it as gross indiscipline. “I will not tolerate any indiscipline or anti-party activity and all of them who violated the directive will be dealt with strictly”, Tripathi said he would not hesitate in sacking all of them after giving them a chance to clarify their position.

Two senior BJP leaders and former Union minister—Swami Chinmayanand and Sanghpriya Gautam—were first to condemn Uma Bharti’s suspension and later expulsion from the party and have been openly hobnobbing with her, ignoring party directives. Both have now been suspended but they are undeterred and are out to condemn the BJP and its leaders.

Close on the heel of these suspension came resignations of four former ministers—Ravindra Shukla, Ram Kumar Verma, Sangram Singh and Rang Nath Mishra, who left the party with a strong note on the prevailing situation in the party and with nasty comments on its State leaders.

They had alleged that the BJP was doomed as its leaders were not only fighting among themselves but there was also a competition among them to get closer to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Government.

They even accused Lalji Tandon of having a soft corner for the Chief Minister which was the main reason that the party had failed to launch any effective campaign or agitation against the Government.

Cross-voting by the BJP legislators in the recently-concluded Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad biennial elections confirms brewing resentment in the party in which the leaders were busy in settling scores amongst themselves, instead of preparing for the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 01:56 IST