Dissidents have been shown their place, says State BJP president
The internal bickering and indiscipline in the party came in for sharp focus at the State Executive Committee meeting of the BJP here on Wednesday.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, in his inaugural address, repeatedly referred to the recent political developments. He said it was time for introspection, as even those who were brought up in the RSS style of discipline were not listening to authority. There would be “no place for betrayers”, Mr. Yeddyurappa said and urged members not to harbour “petty ambitions” but work in the larger interests of the party and society and ensure that the Government completed its term without facing problems.
The meeting was to be attended by 558 members, but only 435 came. Party leaders clarified that some leaders, including H.N. Ananth Kumar, were busy with the Bihar elections, while a few others had sought permission for not attending the meet.
The Reddy brothers, and the party's chief whip in the Assembly D.N. Jeevaraj were conspicuous by their absence.
BJP State president K.S. Eshwarappa, in his key-note address, said indiscipline would not be tolerated and that the dissidents had been shown their place.
He categorically stated that all MLAs could not become Ministers, and the discontented legislators were welcome to leave the party if they wanted.
“If the legislators are unhappy, they can quit the party. They should think about the party cadres who worked hard for their victory before engaging in anti-party activities and switching sides.”
Mr. Eshwarappa said the party won the recent byelections and also the elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Council, as people reposed faith in the Government's development policies.
Attacking the Opposition, he said: “People remember the method adopted by the Congress and Janata Dal (S) to topple our Government and they will be wiped out soon.”
Focussing on the future, Mr. Eshwarappa said the BJP had to win the taluk and zilla panchayat elections to serve the rural people better. He expressed confidence of an “overwhelming victory” for the BJP in the elections.
The executive committee adopted a resolution favouring holding the elections in the second week of December.
It also expressed displeasure over the delay in the rehabilitation of flood-affected victims of north Karnataka. The Chief Minister was urged to ensure that works were complete within a definite time limit.
It was also resolved to convene an all-party meeting for greater devolution of powers to the local bodies and train officials for effective implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.