UP BJP president denies infighting in party
After managing to tame the rebels, by getting the party's central leadership to endorse his new state body, UP BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi, on Monday denied that there were "any dissidents" in the party.Updated: Sep 07, 2010 16:40 IST
After managing to tame the rebels, by getting the party's central leadership to endorse his new state body, UP BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi, on Monday denied that there were "any dissidents" in the party.
In fact, the party now appears to be in a mood to "move on" with an ambitious action plan to support the state's farmers and establishing connect with the rural UP through a "gaon chalon" (head towards villages) campaign planned in December during which party leaders would be camping in the villages.
Shahi will be in Agra on September 8 along with former national president Rajnath Singh to express solidarity with the farmers there, demanding compensation for their land at par with Noida.
"We would not rest till the Congress-led UPA government at the centre amends the draconian Land Acquisition Act of 1894 to safeguard the interest of the farmers of UP," Shahi said.
On being asked by newspersons whether he would act on the advice of Rajnath Singh, who had advocated action against those party members, washing dirty linen in public, Shahi said, "Where is the need for any action. There is no rebellion," indicating his desire to make peace with the rebel camp, feeling bitter over postings in the new state body.
He said, "There is internal democracy in the party and thus everyone is free to air their views within the party."
Some party members feel to placate the disgruntled members, Shahi might act on the advice of BJP national general secretary (organization) Ram Lal, who had advocated 'adjusting' all those feeling left out in the new set up.
Shahi also trashed the letter, signed by rebels under the "Uttar Pradesh Bhajapa Bachao Samiti"in which allegations of favouritism and corruption were levelled at senior state leaders.
"We have found out that the letter was fake as all the names who had signed on the letter were not party members," he said. He reiterated the party's commitment to the temple cause.