The controversy involving Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani and the Karadiya Rajputs that appeared to threaten political fortunes of the party in the upcoming Assembly elections seems to have ended following a meeting between leaders of the community and the BJP at the residence of its president Amit Shah in Ahmedabad on Saturday night.
Both the parties have struck a compromise in the meeting reportedly after instructions came from the top (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) to party leaders to resolve the issue.
The Karadiya Rajputs have come together following filing of criminal cases against one of their leaders from Budhel village, Dansang Mori. The community alleges that the cases have been lodged at the instance of Vaghani.
Mori has been facing around four criminal cases which he alleges were registered after he objected to construction work on the village gauchar land allegedly under Vaghani’s directions. Mori was then the sarpanch of Budhel village. The BJP, on the other hand, maintains that Vaghani had nothing to do with any of the criminal cases registered against Mori.
As the dispute gained weight, other Rajput communities also got together against Vaghani and started demanding his resignation as Gujarat BJP chief. The community had also formed a committee led by one Kanbha Gohil to to hold possible talks with the Gujarat BJP.
On the other hand, BJP leaders also started an exercise to defuse the controversy that apparently yielded result on Saturday night at Shah’s residence in Thaltej area of Ahmedabad where a meeting was called in.
A delegation of around 20 Rajput community leaders were present in the same along with BJP leaders like Shah, Vaghani and minister of state in the Gujarat government Jasabhai Barad. Speaking with The Indian Express, Barad said, “The meeting was held in a peaceful manner and both the parties sorted out their differences. It was decided that some cases against Mori will be withdrawn. In the rest of the cases, it was decided to be helpful to him as much as possible. So, now no dispute is there.”
Gohil, on the other hand, said: “Our protest was never against the BJP, it was against Vaghani. And, now a compromise has been reached and there is no complaint. We had demanded Vaghani’s resignation, but after discussions we dropped the demand as it was difficult for the party when elections are on the cards.”
Gohil said that the process to resolve the issue became swift after instructions came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to BJP leaders in Gujarat. “Anandiben Patel played an important role in the discussions and she told us that Modi had instructed them to resolve the issue at the earliest.” Mori also expressed satisfaction at the compromise reached at during the meeting.