BJP suspends Madhya Pradesh leader Prakash Mirchandani for Facebook post

Mirchandani, 50, had Sunday posted on Facebook that leaders who had no idea about BJP’s ideology, thoughts and objectives were at the helm of affairs in the state.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:September 6, 2016 2:52 am

A DAY after writing a Facebook post suggesting that sycophants were getting prominence in the party’s state unit and the organisation had lost its importance, former Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesperson Prakash Mirchandani was suspended Monday.

Mirchandani, 50, had Sunday posted on Facebook that leaders who had no idea about BJP’s ideology, thoughts and objectives were at the helm of affairs in the state, and that “some people think they are here to rule permanently”.

Comparing his comments on social media with anti-party activity, state BJP chief Nandkumar Chouhan Monday asked Mirchandani to explain within seven days why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for using unrestrained language.

Mirchandani confirmed having received the notice but said he would not comment on it.

A supporter of Mirchandani said the party dared to act only against small-time leaders but cannot do so against the likes of Babulal Gaur and Kailash Vijayvargiya, senior leaders who have made more offensive comments against the state government in the past.

On Saturday, Vijayvargiya, a BJP national general secretary, had tweeted, “We had promised residents of Indore to quickly start a metro (rail) but the state government’s speed suggests we will get a bullock cart, not metro.” As it led to an uproar, he deleted the tweet .

Considered a rival of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vijayvargiya’s tweet was taken as a direct attack on the chief minister.

Asked about the controversial tweet, the state BJP chief said Vijayvargiya is a senior leader and he can only request him not to make such comments on social media.

Octogenarian Gaur, who was among two ministers asked to step down from the Chouhan cabinet under the party’s age cut-off criterion, has also made comments against the state government and its leadership in recent past but has been spared the axe.