BJP puts brave face in UP despite internal fissures

It seems that the BJP is a divided house in Uttar Pradesh itself. Despite the mirror image of being ‘united’, the people in Uttar Pradesh in the last few months have witnessed a series of events in which the leaders have resorted to verbal brickbat one after the other.

It seems that the BJP is a divided house in Uttar Pradesh itself. Despite the mirror image of being 'united', the people in Uttar Pradesh in the last few months have witnessed a series of events in which the leaders have resorted to verbal brickbat one after the other.

Sometimes these leaders write letter of dissent to the Chief Minister while sometimes they speak exactly opposite the party lines. First it was an ego clash among the leaders but now the Jinnah issue has seriously dented the unity of the party with many leaders openly issuing statement opposing the party lines.

MP from Sonbhadra, Choteylal Kharwaar recently was in the news for openly criticizing the state government under Yogi Adityanath accusing him of not giving enough time to the MPs to discuss the problems in the areas from where these public representatives were elected. MP from Etawah, Ashok Dohare, has recently accused the state government of dual policy against the dalits in the state.

He has accused that after the Bharat Bandh called in by the dalits post Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations, the Uttar Pradesh Police has lodged several false cases against the dalits in the state. In the same way, BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule has supported UP Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar's claim that the oppressed class is being victimized in the state.

Recently, the Bhartiya Janata Party state president Mahendra Nath Pandey, without taking name of Rajbhar, said that he did not fit the ministerial birth. He said that Rajbhar should perform his duty as a minister and should also have control over his way of talking. Else the party can take stern disciplinary action against the minister. On the other hand, Rajbhar openly challenged Pandey to take action against him.

Though Rajbhar confirmed that he will not leave the party and shall continue as a minister in the Yogi government. Apart from this, there have been several other instances of difference of opinion on various issues and decisions taken by the government.

Earlier, the leaders refrained from a spat on public platforms but now a days, some of the BJP members and its alliance partners are openly criticizing the state government, bringing in embarrassment to the Yogi government.