BJP leadership sore at poor turnout at yatra finale

While the Sangh Parivar is busy ironing out the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election strategy, the State leadership is learnt to have been caught in the cusp of yet another row over the shoddy conduct of the rally to mark the culmination of the Vimochana Yatra.

Party sources told The Hindu that the national leadership is sore over the poor turnout at the valedictory function of the yatra, led by State president Kummanam Rajasekharan, which was meant to enliven the party machinery for kicking off the poll campaign.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was the chief guest, is reported to have discreetly inquired about the jaded show in Thiruvananthapuram, where the party is pinning its hopes on putting up an impressive performance in the Assembly elections. The organisers could not mobilise workers even to occupy half the capacity of a relatively small ground in the city.

Party sources attributed the lacklustre performance to its decision to accord receptions to the yatra in every Assembly segments. Hence only workers and supporters in the city alone reached the valedictory function. The receptions organised in the city suburbs were a big draw as in many other parts of the State, they said.

But the BJP rally is now being compared with similar functions organised by the CPI(M) and the Congress.

And this is being cited as a reflection of the schism in the party and an indication of the non-cooperation of prominent leaders with the incumbent president. Since the Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS) was holding a pivotal role in the organisation of the entire yatra, it will have to share the onus of the lapses.

Both the BJP and the RSS leaders will have to do considerable explaining to the national leadership of the party and the Sangh in this score. For, this organisation flaw has lent ammunition to critics to target the party in eve of the elections.

Rajnath Singh, who was chief guest, has discreetly inquired about the jaded show.

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