BJP rift in open: Party observers say field reports

A third of observers decide not to file report to be submitted by June-end

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: June 27, 2013 1:09 am

Despite repeated advice by national party president Rajnath Singh,the Delhi BJP is finding it difficult to put up a united front. State party chief Vijay Goel faces a major challenge as several leaders who were made observers in 70 constituencies,have returned the task to the chief.

Dissatisfied by the treatment meted out to several senior leaders in the party,at least a third of them have decided not to file the report on constituencies which is to be submitted by June-end. Among those who have decided to return or have returned the file without compiling the status of the party’s probable candidates are,former mayor Arti Mehra,former CM Sahib Singh Verma’s son Pravesh,Dr Harsh Vardhan,former BJP chief Vijendra Gupta. According to sources,former senior leader Lal Bihari Tiwari,MLA Shyamlal Garg,MLA H S Balli,O P Babbar and Kuljeet Chahal too have decided not to submit the report. While some observers have filed reports merely as a formality,some other observers have gone on a vacation. On June 14,Goel gave the leaders 15 days to submit the reports. “If observers could take out days for vacations,then the party chief should know how serious are they are,” one senior leader said.

The files contain information on the areas allotted to the observers who were asked to report on infighting and role of district presidents,among other things. The observers were also advised not to reveal their purpose to residents and party leaders during field trips. It was planned that after this exercise,a survey would be carried out to tally the field report with the official survey.

A senior party member claimed that the report has given rise to more differences among the leaders,which is why the observers had handed over the files back to Goel. “We are supposed to report on the constituency where our friends are probable candidates. We found various things in the area about each other and reporting that could damage the reputation of many despite the fact that the candidates can win the election there. The infighting that we were supposed to report on has given rise to more infighting between all of us. That is why many of us have returned the file and many have filed it as formality,” a senior member said.

The observers’ meeting was seen as a first step by the party towards Assembly poll preparations. Based on the reports by these observers,Vijay Goel was supposed to decided on the probable candidates of the party for each constituency.

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