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HARYANA-Lotus(bjp) loses lustre year before polls-Only 22 of 47 MLAs show up for meeting called by CM

July 12, 2018 05:09 AM

COURSTEY THE TRIBUNE JULY 12

Lotus loses lustre year before polls
Only 22 of 47 MLAs show up for meeting called by CM, 10 more come after being asked to
Geetanjali Gayatri

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11

All does not seem well with the BJP in Haryana if developments in the state unit are any indication with very few MLAs showing up for a meeting called by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, a BJP women’s cell president being given an unceremonious exit and the CM forced to broker peace between two warring leaders.
Sources said that at a meeting of the BJP Legislature Party called by the CM at his residence had only one minister and 20 legislators showing up. Disappointed by the number, the staff at the CM’s residence made frantic calls to ministers, asking them to reach the meeting if they were in town.
The sources said that of the 47 BJP MLAs, only 22 reached the venue for the meeting and another 10 came after they were asked to join in. Those who attended the meeting complained bitterly of power problems as also of shortage of water in their respective areas.
The sources said that while this indicated that the Chief Minister was not getting the expected support within his own party, leaders of the “disciplined party” were beginning to express their displeasure by staying away from the meetings.
In another development, the party replaced the district women’s cell president of Faridabad, Anira Sharma, without bothering to even inform her. The sources attributed this to factionalism in Faridabad among its top leaders. Industries Minister Vipul Goel, MLA Seema Trikha and Union Minister of State Krishan Pal Gurjar come from this district.
“The party usually informs the leader who is being removed from any post. In my case, I had enrolled 25,000 women in my tenure as district president of the women’s cell, but only discovered that I had been replaced by somebody from a letter circulating on the Internet. Not a word was said, no reason for my removal given,” Sharma said.
In another development, the CM personally held a meeting to settle issues between Gurjar and suspended BSP MLA Tek Chand Sharma, who had been supporting the BJP from the very beginning. The two leaders had begun to go public with their resentment for each other and criticise each other at public programmes.
Under the truce worked out, it had been agreed that they would not wash their dirty linen in public and exercise restraint in criticising each other. The sources said that these developments did not augur well for the party in the year before elections. “This indicates that legislators and leaders are becoming restless. The party leadership will have to step in to curb this blame game in public,” said a party leader

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