9 Rebel MLAs Join BJP After Uttarakhand Fiasco


Haryana: With the nine rebel MLAs formally joining BJP after the Uttarakhand fiasco, there is major dissatisfaction in the party’s state unit.

A week after the BJP lost its shot at power in Uttarakhand, its core group met today at the party’s Ashoka Road headquarters to discuss the future course of action in Uttarakhand amid the changed political scenario. The group comprised the state president, organisation secretary, five MPs and BJP president Amit Shah.

The meeting began at around 3 and was reportedly progressing smoothly till the issue of inducting the nine rebel MLAs cropped up. At this moment, several MLAs are said to have voiced their disapproval at the proposed inclusion.

The dominant view was that inducting these MLAs will put a lot of them in an uncomfortable situation. The core group members said that since they had been campaigning against the alleged charges of ‘corruption’ by the likes of Vijay Bahuguna and Harak Singh Rawat, inducting these very faces would blunt their fight against the Congress.

They also objected to the kind of language used by some rebel MLAs against BJP and RSS pracharaks. The final decision on the rebels however, was left to party president Amit Shah.

According to sources, one neta expressed unhappiness over the way the entire operation had been conducted and suggested that party trusted too much the kind of information being supplied by the rebels.

The party president gave everyone a patient hearing and it was decided that if the rebels have to join the BJP, then this was the best time for it. Interestingly, the reasons for the party’s failure in Uttarakhand weren’t discussed at all.

Apart from these developments, the core group also decided that the BJP will launch a state-wide agitation against the Congress party.

The plans include sending vans equipped with TVs to various places and show the sting operation against CM Harish Rawat and expose the alleged horse trading. For the time being, it’s Congress 1, BJP 0 in Uttarakhand, but the fight is far from over for the BJP, both from within and outside.