Infighting comes to fore at BJP’s state executive meet in U’khand

Deep Joshi, Dehradun: The Uttarkhand BJP’s two-day state executive that concluded at Roorkee on Tuesday set

the tone for its campaign for the assembly polls early next year, but the party appeared divided, with its leaders using the occasion to hit out at one another.
Senior BJP leaders, though, tried hard to put up a united face at the meet, where the party unanimously passed a resolution setting the two-pronged agenda for the poll campaign to take on the Congress government in the electoral battle.
As part of this strategy, the BJP will publicise among the people the “pro-poor policies” introduced by the NDA government during its two years’ rule. The opposition party will also “expose” the Harish Rawat-led Congress government’s “all-round failures” during its campaign.
The motion states that the BJP will use “corruption in the Rawat government” as its main weapon to take on the Congress. The BJP also has on top of its campaign agenda the financial irregularities pertaining to relief and rehabilitation post flash floods that ravaged the hill state in 2013.
The much-hyped sting CD, showing the chief minister allegedly negotiating a horse-trading deal to win over the nine former Congress legislators during the March political crisis, also came up for discussion at the BJP’s state executive meet.
Its poll preparations, however, seem to be set at naught by the “serious differences” articulated by some of its senior leaders. The most vocal of these leaders was BJP veteran Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
The former CM has been “upset” with the high command since he was ignored for the Union cabinet. Koshiyari, who is also eyeing to become the party’s face for the assembly polls, has also skipped a number of crucial organisational programmes.
At the state executive he openly gave vent to his “anger” criticising all his political foes in the party. Koshiyari did not spare even state BJP president Ajay Bhatt, who is also holding the post of the Leader of Opposition. He indirectly hit out at the party leadership openly raising the issue of its principle of ‘one man, one post’.
Koshiyari also had a dig at BJP parliamentarian Ajay Tamta and the party’s state general secretary (organisation) Sanjay Kumar.
Koshiyari did not even spare the party’s state election in-charge J P Nadda. “Nadda sahab told me he wanted to speak to me on specific issues…That’s fine but let him (also) speak to the party’s state general secretary (organisation),” he said while referring to Sanjay Kumar.
That everything is not fine with the BJP was also evident from the absence of its three senior state leaders, namely Vijay Bahuguna, BC Khanduri and Harak Singh Rawat on the opening day of the state executive meeting.
The infighting in the BJP is being seen as part of a power tussle among its top leaders vying to become the party’s face for the assembly elections.