Sidelined within the party, senior BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari will finally be holding his much-touted programme in the state capital on Thursday, which is being seen as a congregation of BJP leaders and workers who are opposed to or unhappy with the Vasundhara Raje government.
With the convention — to coincide with his own birthday and part of the centenary year celebrations of RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay — Tiwari has now come out in the open against the chief minister. And his move has stirred the party’s state leadership which will be keeping a close watch on the programme.
Tiwari says his campaign is to put forth the ideologies of Upadhyay and launch a campaign for “clean politics.” His son Akhilesh Tiwari has also constituted a Deen Dayal Vahini, and has held rallies. Tiwari senior said that workers from all over the state would gather at the convention, with him having toured 18 districts, and the registrations have begun. He said that a “pure” person will rule now, and not a “paapi” (sinner).
A former minister and an MLA from Jaipur’s Sanganer assembly seat, Tiwari has been opposed to the working of the state leadership.
Associated with the RSS, Tiwari was also opposed to the demolition of temples as part of Metro work, earlier this year. Ahead of the 2013 elections, he was opposed to Raje’s candidature as chief minister. Hence ever since she came to power, Tiwari has been kept out of the organisation and the government; this was followed by his alleged manhandling, where no action was taken against anyone, which further fuelled anger among his workers.
Sidelined from the two-year celebrations of the BJP government as well, sources said that some party workers have also written to BJP president Amit Shah, stating that the state unit is taking one-sided decisions while ignoring senior leaders.
Tiwari and his supporters allege that the party organisation has weakened due to the workings of the state leadership, which is spoiling the image of the party due to alleged corruption.