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Party leaders blame BJP MLAs for Alwar bypoll defeat

Reacting over the defeat, a three-time MLA from the Alwar city, Jeet Mal Jain said that political values have degraded over the past few years.

jaipur Updated: Feb 06, 2018 21:56 IST
Devendra Bhardwaj
Devendra Bhardwaj
Hindustan Times, Alwar
Rajasthan news,BJP,MLAs
Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot with newly elected party MPs Karan Singh Yadav and Raghu Sharma at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

The internal trouble in the Alwar BJP has come to the fore with the party leaders pointing fingers at each other after the recent defeat in the Alwar Lok Sabha bypoll.

Reacting over the defeat, a three-time MLA from the Alwar city, Jeet Mal Jain said that political values have degraded over the past few years. “Democratic system in the state has turned into ‘rajtantra’ (monarchy). CM has turned into queen and MLAs have turned into ‘jagirdars’ (subjects). The public representatives are looting the public itself and nobody is interested in serving the people,” he said.

“As far as the Lok Sabha by-poll is concerned, it was an election between the government and its MLAS versus the people and people have defeated them both,” said Jain, who has retired from active politics since 2007. He turned 88 on Tuesday.

Another veteran leader and chairman of the inter-state water tribunal, Dr Rohitashve Sharma said that “the arrogance and dominating behaviour of BJP MLAs” was the main reason of the defeat. “There was a big question mark on the selection of BJP candidate itself. Neither the people not the party workers like him,” he said.

Dr Sharma said, “People have given a big jolt to the BJP MLAs, who did not bother themselves with the grassroots problems of the public.”

“There were many flaws in the party strategy and unwanted comments from the BJP leaders and MLAs did not help the cause either. Some BJP MLAs targeted specific community, which backfired when the entire community voted against them,” he said.

Former Alwar Municipal Council chairman Ajay Agarwal also criticised the current governance. He said anger was building for a long time against potholes in the city roads, mismanagement of garbage and sewerage and irregular laying of pipelines throughout the city. Agarwal alleged that Municipal Council chairman Ashok Khanna did not do any work without the consent of local BJP MLA Banwari Lal Singal.

“In other words, we can say local MLA is holding dual charge. Municipal Council chairman has become the puppet of City MLA. Alwar Municipal Council is witnessing its worst phase even after scolding by the court for poor cleanliness. No action has been taken,” he said.

Agarwal said that during his period of chairmanship sanitation contract was between ₹8 and ₹10 lakh per month, which has increased from ₹70 to ₹80 lakh, but still you will not find cleanliness in the city. Where this money is going? It will be good for BJP to take resignation of Municipal Council chairman immediately,” he said.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 21:55 IST