Senior BJP leader and in-charge of Gujarat unit Dinesh Sharma on Monday said that there was only josh (enthusiasm), no asantosh (digruntlement) in state unit. He ruled out there being any undercurrents of dissension against Chief Minister Anandiben Patel among MLAs over Cabinet reshuffle or allocation of portfolios.
Sharma was in Ahmedabad since Sunday to hold review meeting of the Sangathan Parva (membership campaign) on completion of two months out of the five-month drive.
Addressing the media at Koba on Monday, Sharma, however, looked uneasy while fielding difficult questions alone with no help coming from party senior I K Jadeja. Asked about the demands for adequate representation to Koli community made by Rajula MLA Hirabhai Solanki , he said he had not heard of any dissent and added, “Party men josh hai, kahin koi asantosh nahi hai (there is only enthusiasm in the party, no disgruntlement in the party)”.
When he was asked if he had got any feedback from the state about the performance of Anandiben as Chief Minister, he said he was in the know of things and that everything was going fine on that front… “There maybe some small issues but they would be taken care of in-house.” On further questioning, he wound up the briefing.
Sharma said the next phase of the drive would be run with use of mobile messaging and helpline number. He said he was taking review of the north zone of the state on Monday. Of the all India figures, Sharma said there were 1.98 crore missed calls given on the helpline and out of them 1.25 crore were registered as members, leaving 73,000 calls unregistered.
He said 2015 would be observed as Year of Membership. He said other parties might copy the BJP style membership drive but the difference would still remain as BJP members would have a passion for the organisation which would not be the case with others.