Cong sees gain in BJP rebellion

The Congress sees an opportunity for itself in the resignation of BJP rebels,including four top leaders,as the opposition party has not been able to generate any movement against the ruling party in the state so far.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published:February 3, 2012 2:56 am

The Congress sees an opportunity for itself in the resignation of BJP rebels,including four top leaders,as the opposition party has not been able to generate any movement against the ruling party in the state so far.

“The charges levelled by Maheshwar Singh and his team is a vindication of the Congress stand. The Congress has been highlighting corruption,land deals involving outsiders that has put Himachal Pradesh on sale. A minister in the government has became a symbol of corruption,” says Kuldeep Rathore,PCC general secretary.

Already facing charges of corruption,illegal land deals and shielding the corrupt,the BJP government would be under double attack as the rebels have chosen to make corruption a core issue.

If not all,few of team Maheshwar members — who had been part of Bharashtachar Mukti Morcha formed in November 2011 — have a sizable following in their areas. If corruption becomes the main issue in the next Assembly polls,the proposed political party could queer the pitch for the BJP in some pockets while larger gains would be for the Congress.

However,state BJP president Khimi Ram rubbishes such speculation. “Did you see our Kullu rally? Had there been some following of these leaders (Maheshwar Singh and his aides),the rally would not have been such a success there,” Ram said,adding that most of the leaders who had quit the party had become a liability.

He blamed a senior Congress leader for the latest rebellion in the party. “It’s a known fact that these leaders are very much in touch with the Congress leaders. They will be exposed very soon,” he added.

Initially,Maheshwar Singh,who headed Bharashtachar Mukti Morcha,had been working closely with loyalists of BJP senior leader Shanta Kumar,but after he formed the morcha,Shanta denied any connection with the outfit. “Most of these people had been valued leaders of the BJP for years and they need to be listened to,” said Kumar,asking Maheshwar to act with due caution.

As of now,all eyes are on formation of a new political party by the rebels,and also on the next move of Shanta Kumar loyalists —- sitting ministers and MLAs.

Dhumal govt shielding corrupt,alleges CPM

Shimla: The CPM on Thursday accused the BJP government of shielding corrupt leaders and ministers,and warned it against extending any protection to those facing corruption charges.

The CPM said the allegations levelled by its own leaders,who had resigned from the BJP on Wednesday on the corruption issue,was a severe indictment of the government and the state leadership. The rebel BJP leaders had clearly pointed to a nexus between the corrupt and those shielding them.

Said Tikender Singh Panwar,member of CPM state secretariat,“The CPM has already been targeting the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led government for working against the wishes of the people and allowing the real estate mafia to loot the most important resource of the state. The allegations of the BJP rebels is a clear vindication of the party’s stand.”

“This nexus was exposed in Kullu with the arrest of K K Indoria,who was the district police chief,” he added.

Panwar criticised the state BJP for inviting Team Anna to seek help for making changes in the Lokayukta Act whereas at the same time the government was shielding tainted ministers and officers occupying key positions.

The CPM said it would step up its campaign against rampant corruption in the state.

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