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BJP seeks to discipline Shourie for speaking up

Aug 24, 2009 09:14 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Shourie on Monday said party president Rajnath Singh was behaving like “Alice in Blunderland” and challenged him to sack him for “indiscipline”. "In my view, the BJP is a kati patang (a loose kite). Unless it is got hold of swiftly by--I don't see people within the party who now have such authority. If anybody can do it, it is only the RSS ," Shourie, a former union minister, told NDTV in an interview. "Even raising these questions (in the party) is becoming indiscipline," said Shourie when he was asked about the BJP expelling Jaswant Singh from the party. Shourie, a former journalist, alleged the BJP’s top leadership was behaving like “Humpty Dumpty”. "Those who have brought about this situation and brought about the party to this pass, they are the fellows who are hurting the party's interest. They were planting stories for the past five years against each other, including (L K) Advani and Rajnath Singh. Is this discipline?" Challenging the party to punish him, Shourie said: "so you want to be Humpty Dumpty and make words mean what you say and act, then I presume you already have in your mind to act against me or anybody, so act." Shourie said he wrote letters after the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections but he found that BJP leaders were not debating or taking action on issues. "I acted in a disciplined way in party matters. Having raised the matters, I wrote to the party president (Rajnath Singh). I wrote in that that I am not sending this copy to anybody. But they said this is indiscipline. Shourie, after the NDTV interview, told reporters the BJP should do what the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong had said: "bombard the headquarters. Clean up everybody from the top. Bring ten-fifteen people from the states who are competent, honest and dedicated and reconstruct immediately." "My prescription is jhatka (swift execution) not halal (slow execution). One or two is not enough--saare ke saare (lock, stock and barrel). The current leadership cannot be expected to change the situation. There should be total transformation." BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told CNN-IBN that Shourie “can find a place where his intelligence could be more utilized.” Rudy claimed Shourie was talking about issues “that has already been discussed” in the BJP. “What he has spoken would definitely be taken cognizance of. He was a co-opted member who was brought in for his intellectual ability. Now we are in a situation where we are unable to offer him much more. May be he will find a better place somewhere elsewhere his preaching and knowledge is taken into consideration,” said Rudy. The BJP last week expelled Jaswant Singh for writing a biography which praises Pakistan founder M A Jinnah. On Sunday, party supporter Sudheendra Kulkarnai left the party.