Dissidence haunts Himachal BJP

Shimla: Emboldened by BJP high command not having taken any action against Rajhan Sushant, an MP who has been spewing fire against the state government, dissidence in the party here has intensified.

State party president Khimi Ram, in line of fire from a dissident group, has rushed down to Delhi with a delegation to douse a demand for his ouster before party president Nitin Gadkari.

“We are scheduled to meet the party president on Thursday morning,” said a party functionary accompanying Khimi Ram.

Last week a group of senior party members holding allegiance to former chief minister Shanta Kumar’s camp met Gadkari to put forth their grievances against the state leadership of chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and state party president.

Those who complained before the high command included Maheshwar Singh, a former MP, and three legislators, Praveen Sharma, Desraj and Khushi Ram Balnahata.

The high command is said to have been briefed about erosion in the BJP ranks and a demand for filling a vacant cabinet slot in the Dhumal ministry, appointing party functionaries to various boards and changing of the state party president for wresting the slide.

Sources claimed that dissidence had raised it head as the chief minister has begun drawing up a list of those who could be appointed as chairman’s and vice-chairman’s of PSU boards as well was zeroing down on filling in the cabinet seat vacated by former minister JP Nadda.

Though the Dhumal camp has campaigned hard to seek the ouster of Rajan Sushant for leveling corruption allegations against the state government, but other than being removed from state party executive committee and a censure to refrain from making harmful public statements, no action has been taken by BJP parliamentary board against the erring MP.

Kalraj Mishra, party incharge for Himachal too has expressed helplessness in getting the BJP central command to taking action against the defiant Sushant, who represents the all important Kangra parliamentary seat.

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