1. Yogi Adityanath effect? Now, BJP ‘bans’ turncoats in Uttar Pradesh

Yogi Adityanath effect? Now, BJP ‘bans’ turncoats in Uttar Pradesh

Flooded with requests from leaders and members of opposition parties after a historic win in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided not to accept "turncoats".

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 29, 2017 12:38 PM
yogi adityanath, bjp members, bjp turncoats, uttar pradesh, bjp, uttar pradesh turncoats, yogi ban Yogi Adityanath, newly appointed Chief Minister of India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, arrives to attend a meeting with government officials at Lok Bhavan in Lucknow on March 20, 2017. (Reuters file photo)

Flooded with requests from leaders and members of opposition parties after a historic win in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided not to accept “turncoats” for the next six months, reports The Indian Express. Party’s top brass has issued directives to the state BJP unit in this regard and the message has been communicated to all regional and district units. Sources told IE that the ban on turncoats may continue for the next six months.

Sources told IE that the ban on turncoats may continue for the next six months. The saffron party had to take this decision after leaders from many parties started approaching BJP leaders for getting inducted into the saffron camp. The leaders approaching BJP for membership were mostly zila panchayat chairpersons, block heads, chairpersons of nagar panchayats and nagar palika parishads. Some of the leaders who approached BJP for induction also included those who recently lost the state elections to BJP, reports IE.

BJP Uttar Pradesh spokesperson Chandra Mohan told IE, “The party has decided that leaders from other parties will not be given entry till further orders. An ordinary person can take membership of the party by giving a missed call on the party’s toll-free number but office-bearers of other parties will not be allowed to join the BJP.”

In the recently concluded Assembly elections in the state, BJP reached a mammoth tally of 325 out of 403 in the state Legislative Assembly. A saffron wave swept across the state and the BJP responded to the wave by appointing a saffron-clad monk-cum-politician Yogi Adityanath as UP Chief Minister. The Yogi government has launched a number of bans, including on illegal slaughterhouses and “romeos” engaged in eve-teasing.

On Sunday, Yogi had asked BJP workers to work 18-20 hours a day. While addressing the BJP members, Yogi said the massive victory in Uttar Pradesh has increased the responsibilities on their shoulders and it is the time for the party workers to stop undertaking all the contractual jobs and work diligently for the benefit of their party.

“No office bearer of the party or any public representative should undertake any contractual work (thekedaari). They should rather monitor them. And, if they find any discrepancy, they can inform me, so that action could be taken immediately against the guilty,” Yogi Adityanath said.

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