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Haryana CM may have lost face but his job safe, for now

Asked if a replacement was being considered, Anil Jain, BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana, told The Sunday Express that “there is no such consideration”. Jain had a meeting with party president Amit Shah earlier in the day.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Published: August 27, 2017 4:41 am
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rape case, Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Panchkula, sirsa, sirsa curfew, sirsa violence, Panchkula violence, Panchkula curfew, india news Army Deployed in Sector 1-2 and 5-6 roundabout in Panchkula after friday Violence by Dera followers after Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted of rape by CBI court in Panchkula , on Saturday, 26 August 2017. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh

EVEN AS the Punjab and Haryana High Court came down hard on Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday, the BJP leadership is unlikely to act against him. Asked if a replacement was being considered, Anil Jain, BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana, told The Sunday Express that “there is no such consideration”. Jain had a meeting with party president Amit Shah earlier in the day.

Senior party leaders said the focus, at the moment, is on restoring peace, and preventing any untoward incident on Monday, when the court is set to pronounce its sentence. “Right now, the entire focus is on maintaining peace,” said a party leader. In fact, how the situation is handled on Monday may be the key deciding factor.

“What the BJP president said about Khattar earlier this month, during his three-day visit to the state, stands as of now,” said a senior BJP functionary, reminding that Shah had lauded Khattar at Rohtak. “There is no change in that position as yet,” added the source.

However, a senior party leader indicated that the central party leadership would reveal its mind after the situation returns to normal. “It’s premature to comment. Any comment shall be made after a week or 10 days’ time,” said the leader.

With the BJP’s central leadership facing uncomfortable questions over the situation in Haryana, the state leadership is learnt to have cited the twin challenges of assisting the judicial process and maintaining law and order. It is learnt to have told the central leadership that it tried to avoid a confrontation with Dera followers ahead of the conviction as it wanted to facilitate Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s appearance in court on Friday. It has also told the central leadership that senior officers in charge of law and order had to be present in court at the time of verdict, and that led to initial slippage in controlling the situation.

Asked about the high court’s criticism of the government on Saturday, Jain said, “Political people should comment on political things. We do not comment on the court”. For seven days since the verdict date was announced, the state government ignored warnings and let the crowds gather. Several of its MLAs paid respects to the Dera chief after their election victory. From granting tax exemption to his film to donating to the Dera, the state government and BJP leaders have often played the patron to the Dera.

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  1. Cherian Mani
    Aug 29, 2017 at 6:13 am
    People know that it was the Congress thugs created bedlam after the court verdict not the followers of god-man Guru. The judges and the Media went overboard to malign BJP with their irresponsible statements.
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      raj kishore
      Aug 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm
      DERA RAM RAHIM IS ACTOR TO SPIRITUAL GURU REMAINED IN SIRSA OF HARYANA .HIS DRESS IS ARISTOCRATIC WITH VIOLEN IN HANDS .HE IS MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN HE HAD SUCCED FROM A GURU .A SELF STYLE GOD WITH ROCK BELT WITH FULL COVER DRESS.HE WAS UNDER POLICE EYES SINCE 2002 DURING ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE,COMPLAINTS WAS THAT HE RAPED TWO WOMEN,THE CASE WAS NOT UNDER TRIAL YET. NOW CBI MAGISRATE GURMEET SINGH WAS TOOK THE CASE WITH CHARGE REPORT,HE AGREED THE CASES ,SO MIGHT BE CONVICTED.AT PANCHKULA COURT.POLICE AND PARA MILITARY POLICE WERE THERE BUT THE HIS FELLOWMANS AND WOMEN WERE IN LARGE QUN Y TO ANY THING WOULD HAPPEN AS SEEN FROM TV AS EVENING THERE WAS NEWS THAT MILITARY WOULD COME UNDER BRIGADIER TO VACATE THE HUGE PEOPLE TO PROTECT THE AREA BUT AFTER SOME HOURS THERE WAS FIRE OF VEHICLES AND STONE THROWING,TO DAY WE CAME TO KNOW THAT 30 DEATH AND SOME HUNDRED WERE INJURED.IT IS PROTECTION FAILURE.
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        Ajit Das
        Aug 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm
        In today's murky politics face is not important. What is important is 'kurshi' which a politician clings to by hook or crook.
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          swamy
          Aug 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm
          Mohan Bhagwatjee, we should send those with administrative experience for such important post as CM. It is a disgrace for RSS that everyone ridicule us and question our nationalism. Ram Madhavjee, please send send a good alternative like Ms Sushma Swaraj.
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            Smn
            Aug 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm
            Swamiji If you introspect khattarji did commendable job of restricting violence Give me one case wherein any CM acted so fact Those killed in firing are DERA suppourters Let us not linked each and every tning to RSS MODIJI
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              blackpower
              Aug 28, 2017 at 9:14 am
              we need an alternative to those bozos - bhagwat and madhav. looking for a capable man in the RSS/BJP we will have to ask the british to come back to rule us
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              Rakesh Anand
              Aug 27, 2017 at 9:57 am
              Dear Modiji, Being Honest andNationalist is the minimum expectation from every Indian. But, being insensitive and naive in administration is the least expected from the National/State administration. This is the most horrible scenario, Northren States residents in general and Panchkula residents in particular faced for last five days peaking on 25th August. Panchkula and Haryana will never forgive Mr Khattar for his administrative failure and insensitivity towards human values. He is still holding his head high. Lack of self esteem and utter collapse of values inculcated in him by RSS.
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