Breaking News
Nagaland Post Logo
You are here:  Skip Navigation LinksHome » Show story
Advani trying to curb unrest in party: BJP
NEW DELHI, JUL 8 (IANS):
:
Published on 9 Jul. 2009 12:36 AM IST
Print  Text Size
 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Wednesday that its leader L.K. Advani's admonition of senior colleagues was aimed at curbing dissidence in the party still stunned by its Lok Sabha defeat. BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Advani's comments this week followed unending infighting ever since the party lost the battle for power in May. "After the Lok Sabha elections, some leaders in the party have been giving random statements to the media," Naqvi told IANS, explaining why Advani had gone public with what he said Monday and Tuesday. "This portrays a wrong image of the party and spoils the reputation of some leaders. Therefore, to control this, Advani has come out with some suggestions," Naqvi added. Speaking at the birth anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Monday, Advani complained that there were too many spokespersons in the BJP, seemingly eager to see their names in the media. Even as the BJP reeled under the impact of the statement, Advani told newly elected MPs the next day that they should stay out of corporate wars and not ask questions in the house on behalf of lobbyists. Advani, who was BJP's prime ministerial candidate in the Lok Sabha polls, also advised them to check every document before putting their signatures. Warning that these were critical times when individuals and political parties were looking for opportunities to "show each other down", he asked MPs to thoroughly check the background of their private secretaries. BJP second leaders have been locked in an ugly war, criticising one another publicly, ever since the party won only 116 seats in this general election -- far below the 138 it got in 2004 and much below what it thought it could win this time. Since then, some party leaders have privately blamed Advani's leadership and the absence of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the poor showing. Other second rung leaders have blamed one another, shocking members and supporters of the supposedly regimented BJP. Some in the BJP feel that Advani's latest comments seek to reiterate his authority over the country's second largest political party. Do’s and don’ts for BJP MPs As the beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues to be in a soul searching mode, veteran leader LK Advani has come out with a list of do's and don'ts for newly elected MPs to ensure that the party presents a united front. "After the Lok Sabha elections, some leaders in the party have been giving random statements to the media. This portrays a wrong image of the party and spoils the reputation of some leaders. Therefore, to control this, Advani ji has come out with some suggestions," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Speaking on the birth anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on Monday, Advani said there were too many spokespersons in the party. A day later, he met newly elected MPs in parliament and recommended that they stay out of corporate wars and not ask questions in the house on behalf of lobbyists. Advani also advised them to check every document before they sign. Asking them to be careful as these were critical times when individual parties were looking for opportunities to "show each other down", Advani further said that the MPs should thoroughly check the background of private secretaries before hiring them. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is still reeling under shock after MP Baliram Kashyap threatened to break away from the party with 11 legislators if the poverty-hit Bastar region of the state is ignored by the government. Kashyap, 73, who represents Bastar in the Lok Sabha, withdrew his statement after his remarks caused a stir in the party. He told Chief Minister Raman Singh by phone that he was “misquoted by media”. Kashyap is a four-time MP from the mineral-rich but poverty-stricken Bastar region which comprises Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar districts. The region has 12 assembly segment of which 11 are held by the BJP. The lawmaker’s revolt threat was given at a private function in Bastar last weekend in the presence of a few media personnel. “We are stunned how a senior leader can talk openly of working against his own party’s government. Though he has denied making such statements but everybody in the party knows what was reported by local media quoting him was absolutely correct,” a senior state party leader told IANS. “If he has any issues with the government he can talk to the chief minister directly or the state president or state unit general secretary (organization) but he cannot embarrass the party,” the leader said. “We have decided not to carry the issue forward but have briefed the central leadership about his unwelcome statement, as this came from a senior party leader who has also been a state minister several times in undivided Madhya Pradesh,” he said. Kashyap in the past too has made controversial statements that embarrass the party but some of his colleagues say that he just likes “plain talk”. In May Kashyap left the party bosses red faced when he said that projecting L.K. Advani as the prime ministerial candidate was a mistake and led to electoral reverses in the polls.

 
Comments:(0) Login or Register to post your Comment
(Available for registered users only)
 
 
 
News:
Date:
 
More News