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Uma yatra: Chinmayananda gets notice

THE BJP has sought clarification from former BJP minister Swami Chinmayanand for his reported derogatory comments against party national president Rajnath Singh and for accompanying Uma Bharti in her ongoing 90-day Janadesh Yatra, which started from Mirzapur on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 01:06 IST

THE BJP has sought clarification from former BJP minister Swami Chinmayanand for his reported derogatory comments against party national president Rajnath Singh and for accompanying Uma Bharti in her ongoing 90-day Janadesh Yatra, which started from Mirzapur on Monday.

It may be recalled that the BJP had issued clear instruction to its leaders and workers to dissociate themselves from the Yatra of Uma Bharti and not to participate in it in any manner. However, Swami Chinmayanand decided to ignore the fiat and announced that he would travel with her all along the yatra.

BJP state leaders today unanimously resolved not to tolerate indiscipline under any circumstances and strict action would be taken against all who failed to follow or comply with the directives of the party.

The decision to seek clarification was taken at a meeting of senior BJP leaders and office-bearers held at the party office under the chairmanship of party state president Keshari Nath Tripathi here today. The meeting was attended by Kalyan Singh, Lalji Tandon, Premlata Katiyar, Surya Pratap Shahi, Vinay Katiyar, Hukum Singh, Hriday Narain Dixit, Surjit Singh Dang besides others.

The meeting unanimously decided to hold rallies and demonstrations at district headquarters all over the state to protest against anti-people, anti-farmer and pro-multinationals and pro-industrialists policies of the Manmohan and the Mulayam Governments. A workers’ conference will be organised in Lucknow on March 8.

Dubbing the present wheat crisis as ‘artificial scarcity’ created by multinational companies in connivance with the Central government, the meeting strongly condemned the decision of the UPA government to import wheat.

Crticising the Mulayam government for giving a clean chit to main accused of the Mau riots — Mukhtar Ansari — through manipulated report of the so-called Neera Yadav Committee appointed to probe the riots, the meeting said that Mulayam’s appeasement policy could not be tolerated any further as the majority community was suffering on all accounts and was even feeling humiliated due to Mulayam’s blatant pro-Muslim stand and instances.

It was also decided at the meeting that a party delegation would soon meet the Chief Election Officer to demand deployment of paramilitary forces in Mehmoodabad bye-election as the police and the district administration there were working like Samajwadi Party agents.

The meeting strongly condemned unprovoked lathi-charge by police on volunteers of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) during convocation in Lucknow University on Monday. The students were demonstrating peacefully while police them with lathis without any rhyme or reason.

Meanwhile, Keshari Nath Tripathi today expelled former president of the party’s Allahabad unit, Sunil Jain, for indulging in anti-party activities.

The Lucknow unit of the BJP also held a meeting here today and finalised programme for according a grand reception to Rajnath Singh on his first visit to the state capital after taking over as the national president.

Singh will arrive at the Amausi Airport on Wednesday at 1 pm and will lead a procession, which will reach the party office on the Vidhan Sabha Marg. A reception will be held at the party office also.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 01:06 IST