Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) central leadership has sent out a strong message to the party’s Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari to keep his house in order. Tiwari was given this message during an executive council meeting on Monday after three BJP councilors said they had not been issued appointment letters for showing allegiance to party leader Vijay Goel, according to an Indian Express report.
Delhi in-charge Shyam Jaju was quoted as having criticised Tiwari and said that the party “does not belong to one man”.
Sources told the Indian Express that Tiwari had said there had been some ‘misunderstanding’ between him and Goel. Tiwari also said that he had visited Goel’s residence to clear the issue.
Indian Express reported that most councilors had expected fireworks between the two leaders at the meeting, but were surprised with the calm. Many leaders present at the meeting claimed that although both leaders ‘acted normal’ their facial expressions and gestures suggested otherwise, according to the Indian Express.
Sources also told the Indian Express that, Goel discussed his slum adoption plan at the BJP meet, which apparently is at the center of the rift between the two leaders. Some BJP leaders who attended the meet told the Indian Express that Goel has won the first round of the battle. All post holders in Delhi will now adopt a slum as part of Goel’s plan.
A senior minister told the Indian Express that the rift in the party unit is not a good thing for the state unit as the party is getting divided. The minister added, ”While we are supposed to spread the achievements of the Centre as it has just completed three years, the rift has created an environment of distrust”.