Gujjar stir, dissidence in Bihar to play spoilsport at BJP meet

Written by Mukesh Ranjan | New Delhi, May 29 | Updated: May 31 2008, 04:17am hrs
The Gujjar agitation and dissidence in the Bihar unit of the party are set to cast shadow on the BJPs two-day national executive meet scheduled to begin next Sunday. This is notwithstanding the fact that BJP top leaders are brain storming to solve this twin problem.

The party, however, while denying the two controversial issues being on the agenda of meet said the leaders would mainly review the state-wise preparedness to take on challenges in the wake of upcoming Assembly polls and next years Lok Sabha elections.

Many of the central leaders including Gopinath Munde, Kalraj Mishra and Prakash Javedkar are camping in Jaipur to assist Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje in her attempt to placate and diffuse the ongoing violent Gujjar agitation.

Despite Rajes fresh offer for talks and Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainslas softening of the stand by asking for a composite and structured talks, central leadership of the BJP made a valiant attempt to again lob the ball in the Centres court, accusing it for ignoring Rajes proposal for additional four to six percent of reservation to the community.

The Centres intention and seriousness in dealing with and helping the state government in arriving at an amicable solution was evident when it rejected the Rajes letter to the Prime Minister in no time. The Congress-led UPA did not take even 2 minutes, 25 seconds in rejecting the offer. It should have rather taken time to review both constitutional and legal validity of the states proposal, BJPs national vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, adding that since the issue relates to Central government also, the agitators should build pressure around the Congress.

Meanwhile, sensing the gravity of the situation, as dissidence in the Bihar unit of the party may go out of proportion, the central leadership of the party on Thursday appeared to have decided to lend ears to the MLAs, who have risen in revolt against deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi. At least two-dozen party MLAs are camping here, who had substantive audience with BJP president Rajnath Singh and general secretary Arun Jaitley on Wednesday.

Rajnathji has asked us to wait till the national executive meet is over. He has promised us to attend to our issue immediately after that, a dissident MLA on the condition of anonymity said. The MLAs, however, on Thursday also met former vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Jaswant Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi. The MLAs, who met these leaders, claimed that they sympathized with their cause in the interest of the party.

Interestingly, national general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal has been entrusted by the top leaders of the party to meet the camping MLAs on a one-to-one basis. We are meeting Ram Lalji in batches of four. Already three batches have met him and a few more will meet him tonight and tomorrow, the MLA said.