Senior BJP leader and party national vice-president Shanta Kumar skipped the partys core-group and office-bearers meeting on Thursday. The meeting had been called to discuss the BJPs poll preparedness ahead of the Shimla Municipal Corporation elections in May and the Assembly polls that have been scheduled for the year-end.
While BJP national general secretary J P Nadda,party co-incharge Shyam Jaju and organising secretary Ram Lal attended the meeting,Shanta reportedly conveyed his displeasure that the meeting was fixed without checking his availability .
Nadda,however,downplayed the senior leaders absence. Shanta is heading a Parliamentary Standing Committee and is busy with meetings to finalise a report to be presented in the House and so he could not come,Nadda said. On the other hand,Shanta has been quite unhappy with party affairs in Himachal Pradesh,particularly the repeated allegations against some ministers. He has not attended any of the partys executive meetings over the past year and a half. Shanta has even been talking of keeping himself away from the BJPs poll campaign,if certain changes are not enforced in the party and the government. To this,Nadda said: This is not true as I had myself had meetings with Shanta and soon he will be here with us.
Meanwhile,briefing the media,Shyam Jaju asserted that the party was in full election mode and would take the governments achievements to the people to seek a fresh mandate. We are fully convinced that the BJP will win in the 2012 elections,he said. Jaju claimed that after the BJPs victory in Delhi Municipal Corporation elections,the party would create history by winning the Shimla Municipal Corporation elections as well. The civic body polls are slated for May 2012.