KARNATAKA

BJP hopes to `mould' new entrants

BANGALORE, MARCH 3. Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) losing discipline because of its aggressive polarisation efforts? Senior party functionaries here think so. Besides discipline, the organisational hierarchy and the "BJP culture" , they say, have come under threat, but hope that the party will be able to mould the "the new entrants".

A senior BJP legislator says that it is be a "difficult exercise" to make the new entrants fall in line with the ways of the party. Another senior leader says that with "many leaders" from the All-India Progressive Janata Dal, the Congress, and other parties joining the BJP, they will "surely bring in the cultures of those parties".

The BJP, he says, is mature and resilient enough to handle such situations.

Almost daily, the BJP has been admitting political leaders of various hues into the party. The admissions are done at the daily news briefing at the BJP's election office at "Panchavati" on Platform Road here.

During the press briefing, the supporters of the new entrants cheer their leader, giving a new dimension to press conferences. Many a time, the President of the State unit of the BJP, H.N.Ananth Kumar, has had to remind them that "it is a press conference" and the cheering could be done later.

Today, the former Minister, Ashwathnarayan Reddy (former AIPJD legislator from Varthur) joined the BJP along with a number of supporters. Another prominent entrant was the senior Vice-President of the Janata Dal (Secular), Ratan Singh. AIPJD members of the Mahadevapura Municipal Council and the Krishnarajapuram Municipal Council joined the party.