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Group of four has hijacked BJP: Uma

Staff Correspondent

There should be only one rule for the "bull and the lamb, sa"

BHOPAL: The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Uma Bharti, said on Tuesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party had been hijacked by a "group of four" who were dictating terms and bulldozing democratic traditions and the hopes and aspirations of the grass-roots level party workers.

Ms. Bharti told journalists that the decision to elect Shivraj Singh Chauhan as leader was against the wishes of the MLAs. The procedure adopted for his election was neither within the ambit of the party constitution nor under the spirit of India's Constitution. A "group of four" in Delhi hijacked the BJP and the party president, L.K. Advani, and the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, were like pilots of an aircraft that has been hijacked at gun point, she said. Asked whether she was prepared for disciplinary action because of her statements and walkout from the State legislature party meeting on Monday evening, she said that disciplinary action should first be taken against Mr. Mahajan and Mr. Jaitley.

She also said that there should be only one rule for the "bull and the lamb". There should be disciplinary action against Mr. Mahajan since he had written an article criticising the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, and against Mr. Jaitley because he had appeared in court a number of times against his own party's Government. She even went to the extent of saying: "I am the BJP... who can take action against me." Regarding her padyatra to Ayodhya on the issue of "Ram and Roti", Ms. Bharti said that it is devoted to "Swadeshi, Swabhiman and Sanskriti".

There is also a plan to hold seminars focusing attention on these issues, she said and went on to inform that a seminar on swaraj would be held in Bhopal, another on Swadeshi would be held in Delhi and one on Swabhiman at Lucknow.

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