Sunday, 18 February 2018 | PNS | Dehradun-
The outspoken BJP MLA from Khanpur Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ who has recently created ripples in the State politics by launching a tirade against the State Government is set the face the heat of the rebellion as the State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership has slapped a show- cause notice on him. He had sparked a row recently by expressing his unhappiness over the functioning of the BJP-helmed State Government, his target being the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and the State Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik. He had even gone to New Delhi the following day and met the BJP national president Amit Shah.
He is believed to have vented anger against the functioning of the State Government. ‘Champion’, known for his penchant to trigger rows now and then, had switched to BJP after deserting Congress during the Vijay Bahuguna-led rebellion against then Chief Minister Harish Rawat.
Observers say that the State BJP leadership has reasons to be incensed over the rebellious utterances of ‘Champion’ as he had cast slur on the ‘zero-tolerance for corruption’ rhetoric, something about which the CM is particularly sensitive.
The party State president Ajay Bhatt had earlier appointed the State party General Secretary Naresh Bansal to examine the controversy surrounding the four-time MLA ‘Champion’. Bansal on Saturday has served the show cause notice to the Khanpur MLA and asked him to reply within ten days. Talking to The Pioneer, Bansal said he has examined the statements of Champion in the print, electronic and social media. “Prima facie, the MLA is found to have indulged in acts of indiscipline,” he said.
The saffron party insiders say that the show -cause notice is meant not just to tame the ‘rebel’ but also to send a warning to others in the party who are supposed to be indulging in intrigues against the party-helmed State Government, in general, and the CM, in particular. “As the ruling party is enjoying a mammoth majority in the state Assembly it has nothing to lose if one or two of the MLAs leave. Besides, ‘Champion’ is vulnerable as he is one of the turncoats’ who left Congress and joined BJP,” says a party insider.
Another said that the Khanpur MLA is particularly hostile towards the redoubtable cabinet minister Madan Kaushik who is also from Haridwar. “His antipathy towards Kaushik who runs the shots in the state government with full backing from the chief minister and the state party brass might cost him dear in the saffron politics,” said a BJP insider.
That something was being cooked up against him became clear after the state party chief Ajay Bhatt said categorically that indiscipline would not be tolerated. Things turned clearer after the Chief Minister refused to take a memorandum from the ‘rebel’ during a programme in Doon University on Friday.
The CM even publically rebuked ‘Champion’ when he was seen reaching the stage where the CM was seated.
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