PM raps MP MLA, warns party leaders not to be carried away by arrogance of power
Asking BJP leaders to “behave” and not to be carried away by the arrogance of power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a serious note of party General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son’s attack on the Indore civic official with a cricket bat saying “such behaviour will not be tolerated”.
Addressing newly-elected party MPs in the first Parliamentary Party meet after the Lok Sabha poll, the PM said, “Beta kisi ka bhi ho,manmani nahin Chalegi..” (whosoever’s son it may be, bad behaviour will not be tolerated).
Vijayvargiya’s son Akash, a first-time MLA, was arrested on June 26 for attacking an official after an argument over a demolition drive. An unrepentant Akash was given a grand welcome by his supporters after his release from jail. He reportedly said, “In the BJP we have been taught, pehle aavedan, phir nivedan aur phir danadan” (first furnish an application & then request lastly resort to attack).
Modi said such incidents bring the party a bad name and are unacceptable. “If somebody commits a mistake, there should be a sense of apology as well,” he said.
According to sources, the Prime Minister without taking any names said those supporting unruly behaviour should also be sacked. Kailash Vijayvargiya was in the meeting when Modi deplored the incident.
It is not known whether the strong observation from the Prime Minster would trigger any disciplinary action from the party or it may die down with the time. The BJP had recently expressed “displeasure” over Pragya Singh Thakur’s praise of Nathuram Godse and Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s comments on ‘Iftar’ party organised by Chief Minister in Bihar.
BJP general secretary and spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “The Prime Minister has expressed his viewpoint very clearly that such behaviour cannot be tolerated. He has always been concerned about it. He has always said there should be no pride in the leaders or they should not behave in a way that harms the image of the
party. It is not acceptable specially when you are people’s representative. This is not for one but for everyone”, Rudy said.
Rudy quoted the Prime Minister as saying arrogant behaviour will not be tolerated and “action must be taken”.
Close to the incident involving BJP MLA, another MLA and his supporters belonging to TRS had also attacked a woman forest official in Adilabad district in Telangana when she was carrying out State Government ordered afforestation drive. The women officer was badly injured and hospitalised.
Besides Modi, party president Amit Shah and its working president JP Nadda were felicitated in the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters.
Joshi said Modi will launch the BJP’s membership drive from Varanasi on July 6 during which, the Prime Minister told party workers, at least five trees should be planted in every booth across the country.
Modi described the plantation exercise as “panchvati”, which according to the Ramayana, was the place where Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman had stayed in exile for 14 years.
In his address, the Prime Minister also asked party MPs to ensure their presence in Parliament during the ongoing session. He expressed his unhappiness at the poor attendance of party MPs when triple talaq bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha, joshi said.
While Modi will launch the membership drive from Varanasi, Shah will flag it off in Telangana and other party leaders in different parts of the country. July 6 is the birth anniversary of BJP ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 | PNS | New Delhi
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