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Umashankar gets a jolt in BJP shake-up

ALTHOUGH STATE BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar has ruffled many a feather in the party announcing his new team on Tuesday, jolt to Bhopal (South) MLA Umashankar Gupta appears to be the severest.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 02:52 IST
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ALTHOUGH STATE BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar has ruffled many a feather in the party announcing his new team on Tuesday, jolt to Bhopal (South) MLA Umashankar Gupta appears to be the severest.

His retention as spokesman has virtually precluded his chance of re-induction in the State Cabinet. Worse, the former national president of the BJP Nagar Nigam cell has been made State chief of the same cell.

What is more, elevation of Rameshwar Sharma as secretary has increased one more potential rival for Gupta to contend with for the Bhopal South seat. BDA chairman Dhruvnarayan Singh and former district BJP president Surendranath Singh are also eyeing the seat.

Gupta, however denied he was upset over nomination. “Whatever post is offered to me, I would discharge my duty with dedication”, he told Hindustan Times.

When he returned from his foreign jaunt recently his supporters ‘painted’ the streets with welcome arches, posters and banners. They were expecting return of their leader in the Cabinet. Their hopes appear to have been dashed.

Till recently, Gupta was the BJP’s Nagar Nigam cell national president. He had addressed Urban Development Ministers of the BJP-ruled states at the party’s training programme for ministers in Mumbai some time back. He attended the party’s national executive meet at Lucknow in the same capacity. As in the previous body, Gupta was not given any ‘post of office-bearer’ this time too.

Similar is the plight of Archana Chitnis who was also expecting a Cabinet berth. Chitnis said she would try her level best to live up to expectation of the party for reposing faith in her.

The Sumitra Mahajan camp is upset over the induction of her detractor Babu Singh Raghuvanshi as secretary. Speaker Ishwardas Rohani’s rival Anchal Sonkar has also been accommodated as secretary. Supporters of Arvind Bhadoria are wondering why he was not rewarded with promotion for party’s victory in Bada Malehra while Anil Dave was promoted as vice-president. Dheeraj Pateria was hopeful that he would retain his post as BJYM State president but the party replaced him by Vishwas Sarang.


Mahila Morcha to form human chain
BJP Mahila Morcha activists will form a human chain on February 8 at all districts headquarters to protest against price rise. The activists will join hands at 1 pm. The Mahila Morcha state unit held its meeting in this regard at the State BJP office. State BJP organising general secretary Makhan Singh, who attended the meeting as his first party programme after his nomination, said prices had shot up by 20 to 30 times in the market in the past two-and-a-half years. He said the Congress has had the dubious record that whenever it rose to power prices went up.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 02:52 IST