Senior leaders have plunged into action to quell the flame of anger in the party.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been working overtime to keep its flocks together after several leaders of the party in Karnataka defected to the Congress before the assembly election there.
Similarly, senior party leader Nand Kumar Sai’s defection to the Congress in Chhattisgarh has set off alarm bells in the BJP camp.
Therefore, they are making all efforts to check defection in its camp in Madhya Pradesh, the fortress of the party.
Nevertheless, the party has not been able to pacify Deepak Joshi who declared to join the Congress on May 6. Keeping in mind the chain of events, the BJP is trying to pacify the angry leaders.
For this reason, the party has asked national co-organisational general secretary Shivprakash, regional organisational general secretary Ajay Jamwal and state in-charge Muralidhar Rao to pacify the disgruntled leaders in Madhya Pradesh.
A senior leader of the BJP said those leaders would meet the discontent elements and quell their anger.
Nonetheless, since they are angry with the administration and the party organisation, they are not ready to discuss their problems with the state leaders.
The angry leaders want that the assurances, which the state leaders are giving, should come from the central leadership. Therefore, the party has plunged into damage-control exercises.
Besides Joshi, former legislators Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat and a senior leader Satyanarayan Sattan have opened a front against the party.
Shekhawat said he had no intention to join the Congress and that he wanted a ticket either from Depalpur or from Badnagar.
Sattan also said that senior leaders were being neglected in the party.
Such statements coming from old warhorses are causing harm to the organisation. The party workers are also discussing the internal squabbling.
Former minister Anoop Mishra, Gyan Singh, Kusum Mehdele and other leaders are also feeling neglected.
Such leaders will hold a meeting with the leaders who are working on a strategy to quell the flames of anger among the party leaders. After the meeting, a solution will be found.
Because of being neglected, many BJP leaders are in touch with the Congress. Efforts will be made to retain them. The BJP is worried about former MP Makan Singh Solanki’s defection to the Congress.
There are two reasons for these leaders to go against the party – first, they are worried about their future and the second, there is resentment among voters against the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh.