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Consensus on discipline eludes core group

Special Correspondent

Vasundhara Raje stays away from Bharatiya Janata Party's "unofficial" forum


  • Core group is an "unofficial'' forum of senior party and Government functionaries
  • BJP general secretary and party in-charge for Rajasthan affairs, Kalraj Misra chairs the meeting
  • No contentious issues taken up by the group

    JAIPUR: A consensus on how to go about tackling serious issues involving the party and the Government in Rajasthan eluded the meeting of the core group of the Bharatiya Janata Party here on Saturday. Chief Minister Vasundara Raje kept away from the meeting presided over by Kalraj Misra, BJP general secretary and party in-charge for Rajasthan affairs at the State unit BJP office. A scheduled programme at Salemabad in Ajmer district was attributed to Ms. Raje's absence.

    Mr. Misra, who arrived here on Friday, for the second time in a fortnight after differences between the groups led by State unit president Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi and Ms. Raje in Kota region led to fights in the Capital among party men, chose to explain his presence as a matter of coincidence. "I was scheduled to be here for a programme of Swadeshi Jagran Manch. Since I am already here I joined the local leaders in the meeting. The incidences of indiscipline have already been taken care of," he said.

    The meeting of the core group was attended by Lalit Kishore Chatruvedi, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari, former party presidents Raghuveer Singh Kaushal and Ramdas Agarwal, the chairman of the party's Disciplinary Action Committee, Kailash Meghwal, senior party functionaries, Harishankar Bhabhra, Prakash Chandra and Onkar Singh Lakhawat, among others.

    The core group, an "unofficial'' forum of senior party and Government functionaries, did not take up the contentious issue of land acquisition for facilitating the setting up of an IT Park, special economic zone and a World City along the National Highway near the capital. This was seemingly because of the absence of the Chief Minister at the meeting.

    The Disciplinary Action Committee which met here on Friday had decided on the dismissal of Chandraraj Singhvi, former vice chairman of the 20-point Implementation Committee for six years. Mr. Singhvi, who sometime back wrote a controversial letter to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief K.C. Sudershan, complaining against dual treatment meted out to BJP workers without RSS background, was suspended from the party on October 10.

    Talking to newspersons, Mr. Meghwal dismissed reports of a tussle between the party and the Government in the State. The Disciplinary Committee has issued notices to 137 persons in connection with various aspects in the past including those at the time of the municipal elections and the acts of violence indulged in by two groups from Kota at the party office on October 28. Besides these 137 cases, 89 persons are already under suspension, he said.

    "Those against whom action has been initiated are free to approach the party leadership in Delhi,'' he said responding to a query.

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