Senior BJP leader and national joint general secretary (organisation) V Satish on Thursday met Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, state president Ashok Parnami and other leaders and enquired about the October 2 incident wherein party leader and MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari was allegedly manhandled and denied entry at a training camp in Sanganer, allegedly by supporters of Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra.
Parnami reportedly told V Satish that the matter was being investigated even as Satish termed it as ‘serious’. Ever since the incident, where Tiwari suffered a fracture in his hand, the state unit has been divided into two factions, with anti-Raje faces, especially those with an RSS background, rallying behind Tiwari. Earlier, BJP national vice-president Om Mathur, a known anti-Raje face who is also a former state president, met Tiwari and enquired about his well-being.
Tiwari is considered as an anti-Raje face and had opposed Raje’s nomination as party’s CM candidate before the 2013 assembly elections while Bohra is considered close to Raje. Tiwari and his supporters are unhappy over the fact that even after a week, no action has been taken against the perpetrators.
On Thursday, Tiwari also called a meeting of his supporters in Jaipur and told them about the “conspiracy” against him as his security too was withdrawn a few months ago by the state government. In a bid to highlight his RSS background at such a time to consolidate support, he also announced to organise a year-long programme on Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. He also said that his only aim is to strengthen the BJP and remove the criminal elements from the party.
Sources said that the issue is expected to gain more attention after the Bihar election as the anti-Raje group will take it up more forcefully with the central leadership. Recently, the state government has landed in one controversy to another, from Lalit Modi to largescale corruption in mining.