By Amit Tiwari
Jamshedpur: No matter how hard may the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders try to put up a united face ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the poll preparation of the party itself throws up evidence of fissures deep within the organization.
A startling but not too secret revelation to this effect was made by the election publicity campaign launched by the party’s East Singhbhum district committee unit. A large banner of the party put up at Sakchi BJP office showcasing the party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Jamshedpur Vidyut Varan Mahato bears testimony to the widening gap in the organization.
Conspicuous by their absence on the picture published on the banner are the MLAs of the party who have long held the party flag high through general and Assembly elections several times. They include the Jamshedpur East MLA and senior party leader Raghuvar Das, former MLA from Jamshedpur and a key strategist of the BJP state unit Saryu Rai and Potka MLA Menka Sardar whose stature is rather subdued within and without the party.
It was not without reason that the former Jamshedpur West MLA Saryu Rai had expressed his displeasure over the goings-on in the party ahead of the polls by voicing his discontent over the way party workers (Rai too, loves to be known as a mere party worker) at the grassroot level are being treated at the hands of party higher-ups including several leaders who have strong connections at the national level within the BJP and are close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh camp these days.
It does not take political pundits too long to cast longer glances than usual over the reflections of the developments within the BJP at national level in the Jharkhand BJP unit. Much like the way veteran BJP leaders like Lal Krishna Advani, Jaswant Singh and Sushma Swaraj struggle to carve their place of pride in the organization, such victims of organizational neglect are not in dearth in the state BJP either.
Saryu Rai, when confronted on the issue of neglect of certain party members within the organization, batted carefully for the party unity, though failing at times to hide his pangs. “I am just a worker for the party. I have always worked for the party and will continue to do so come what may.
My only concern is that those who have worked at the grassroot level and who have capabilities too, should not be neglected by the party leaders. We do not need to import leaders from other parties to win election since there are enough leaders in our fold who are capable,” said Rai.
Rai was upset after the BJP made up its mind to rope in Vidyut Varan Mahato of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha as the party candidate to contest from Jamshedpur constituency. Other party leaders like Raghuvar Das and Menka Sardar have however preferred to stay out of the scene by remaining silent on the issue till date. After all, the fate of national level BJP leaders like Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Jaswant Singh is not hidden from anyone.
The instructions by the RSS leader Sudarshan Mohan Bhagvat to Advani to go by the party decision can be read and well understood by the seasoned party leaders in the state unit. Going by the message ‘shape up or ship out’, many of these leaders are now simply waiting for the Jharkhand Assembly elections to prove their worth and regain their lost respect in the party.
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