NEW DELHI: The BJP is not contemplating any disciplinary action against its former minister and Rajya Sabha MP Arun Shourie for writing a series of articles in a newspaper criticising the functioning of the party and its “leader,” without naming anyone.
The party’s parliamentary spokesperson Sushma Swaraj was asked on Thursday what action, if any, the BJP was going to take against Mr. Shourie for what was seen as a direct attack on Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani. She was also asked about the party’s views on the issue — a talking point in party circles.
Ms. Swaraj said BJP president Rajnath Singh had told her, “No disciplinary action was being contemplated against Mr. Shourie.” She further said that on Wednesday she had asked Mr. Advani what she should tell the press on the Shourie articles. “Mr. Advani told me to tell you that what he has written are his [Mr. Shourie’s] personal views.”
Days before the national executive committee meeting, a leaked letter by Mr. Shourie to the BJP leadership became an issue as it was critical of the manner the party had gone about analysing its electoral defeat and rewarding those whose poll strategy led to the debacle.
BJP insiders told The Hindu that no action was being taken against Mr. Shourie as that would open a can of worms. Taking action against him would start yet another round of internal bickering.
Some of these issues are expected to be sorted out at a brainstorming session — ‘chintan baithak’ — in August, but no dates have as yet been fixed. No one in the party expects these internal fights to stop till the final word is said on who the next party president would be after Mr. Rajnath Singh’s tenure ends, and whether Mr. Advani at that point would be asked to step down from the position of Leader of the Opposition.