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BJP hits back - The Daily

RKB ()
5 November 1997

Title: BJP hits back
Author: RKB
Publication: The Daily
Date: November 5, 1997

The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, the Ideological backbone of the Bharatiya
Janata Party has decided - to give the, go ahead to Atal Behari Vajpayee
and L K Advani to give a fitting reply to the criticism being levelled at
the party for its mammoth cabinet in Uttar Pradesh. Reliable sources told
'The Daily' that RSS Chief Professor Rajendra Singh has told the BJP
leadership to 'do all that is necessary to defend the party.' However, the
option of asking Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh to recommend
dissolution of the UP assembly to go for fresh elections is being kept
open. But for the moment the status quo will remain. Reports reaching here
reveal that Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Kalyan Singh had met the RSS chief
and stated their point of view, and had requested him not to let them down
at this stage. Reliable sources in the Sangh further reveal that a solid
defence of the UP situation could pay rich dividends for the BJP at the
Centre.

In this connection, a series of street corner meetings, panchayat level
sabhas, district level rallies and constituency level public meetings are
going to be organised by the party in UP to explain the party's position,
The party is also getting ready to begin countering the ridicule that has
been heaped upon it by the United Front on all that it had to do in Uttar
Pradesh.

Here, the BJP leadership will reveal that the Bahujan Samaj Party had begun
having discussions with the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav for the
continuance of the Mayawati-led government even before her six months were
over. It was just the BJP's good luck that the two were not able to agree
on a number of things in time, otherwise they would have presented the
Governor with a majority of their own and left the BJP out of it. Moreover.
the MLAs from the Congress who have defected from the Congress and the
Bahujan Samaj Party to support the BJP were willing to split from their
original parties anyway ... even if it was. to support Mulayam Singh. It
was just that Kalyan Singh seemed a far better proposition....

The BJP leadership also says that it is alright for the fourteen
constituents of the United Front to talk about the BJP encouraging
defections, but as Vajpayee puts it, "What does the United Front wish to
describe the split in the Janata Dal in Bihar as. defections or a split?
The formation of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the continuation of RJD
ministers in the UF cabinet makes a mockery of all that the United Front
has been saying about the BJP in UP." In, any case. the BJP leadership
points to the manner in which recognition was granted to the splinter
Vaghela group in Gujarat which at that time did not even have the requisite
one-third strength to constitute a genuine split, whereas, in the case of
Uttar Pradesh, more than sixty per cent of the members of the UP Congress
have decided to come out in support of the BJP. The BJP also. points to the
time when Ajit Singh had left the Janata Dal -Was that a defection or a
split'?'

The BJP's argues that when a large body of the party feels that it can no
longer function within the party then it is no longer a defection, but a
genuine split.

Chandigarh: The BJP today said it would seek support of all parties, except
the Congress and the Left, to dislodge the United Front government at the
Centre, reports PTI.


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