Delhi BJP in­fight­ing dom­i­nates party meet

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The de­feat of the Akhil Bharatiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad (ABVP) in the Delhi Univer­sity Stu­dents’ Union (DUSU) elec­tions and is­sues of in­fight­ing in the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dom­i­nated the two-day Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (EC) meet­ing of the state unit held in the cap­i­tal this week, sources said.

The EC meet­ing, headed by BJP state pres­i­dent Manoj Ti­wari, started with the ABVP’s de­feat in the DUSU polls. Sources in the party said that some “old as­so­ci­ated party mem­bers” were not happy with Ti­wari’s style of func­tion­ing and this was raised in the EC meet­ing.

“I have worked for the party for a long time. At a time when grass­roots lead­ers like me in Delhi are ex­pect­ing a greater role in the party, the state unit is sidelin­ing me. It is like cut­ting us down. These is­sues should be sorted out at the ear­li­est so that it does not af­fect the party’s prospects in the city,” a BJP leader told The Sun­day Guardian.

“Sev­eral BJP lead­ers who got el­e­vated in the party have no knowl­edge about the ground re­al­i­ties of Delhi’s pol­i­tics. It is not about the ‘out- sider ver­sus lo­cals’. The lo­cal lead­er­ship, es­pe­cially the old guard of the BJP, is un­happy at­be­ing side­lined,” the same BJP leader said.

“De­spite know­ing about Ramesh Bid­huri’s old as­so­ci­a­tion with the univer­sity polls, the state unit side­lined him and the de­ci­sion has im­pacted the party and its stu­dents’ wing ad­versely. The ABVP was con­fi­dent of win­ning all the DUSU posts, but had to set­tle for just two posts,” the BJP leader added.

Ahead of the DUSU polls, a new team headed by Delhi BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary Ravin­der Gupta had been formed. Gupta was given the re­spon­si­bil­ity of man­ag­ing the DUSU elec­tions and the state unit side­lined South Delhi par­lia­men­tar­ian Bid­huri who had been in-charge of the DUSU elec­tions for the past four years.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, dur­ing the state EC meet­ing, Delhi BJP chief Ti­wari and DUSU elec­tion in- charge Gupta drew flak from many party lead­ers. The state unit was asked to reach out to the ground level and lis­ten to the “old guard” of the party. Also, the core com­mit­tee mem­bers asked the Delhi unit to lis­ten to the “dis­grun­tled lead­ers” as well, so that the party can re­solve the in­fight­ing.

An­other party func­tionary said: “In­fight­ing in the party had sur­faced this year ahead of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion elec­tion and BJP se­nior lead­ers had tried to re­solve it in the pre­vi­ous state EC meet­ing held in Jan­uary this year. How­ever, noth­ing hap­pened on the ground and the party lost the Bawana by­polls. At a time when the party is win­ning elec­tions across the coun­try, loss of the Bawana seat and now in the DUSU polls is alarm­ing.”

BJP’s in­fight­ing sur­faced when Ti­wari and Vi­jay Goel clashed over ticket dis­tri­bu­tion is­sues in the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion polls. How­ever, Cen­tral lead­ers man­aged to re­solve the in­fight­ing and the party swept to vic­tory in the cor­po­ra­tion elec­tions ear­lier this year. How­ever, soon af­ter the polls, in­fight­ing be­tween the two sur­faced again.

Ramesh Bid­huri

Manoj Ti­wari

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