Himachal BJP legislator again challenges party

July 5th, 2012 - 5:35 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Shimla, July 4 (IANS) The infighting in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Himachal Pradesh refuses to die down with a legislator again demanding a change in leadership through a strongly worded letter.

In his letter made public Wednesday, Rohru legislator Khushi Ram Balnatah has questioned the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on its charge that he had spoilt the image of the government and the leadership.

In his two-page reply of June 21, Balnatah, who was issued a show-cause notice by the party June 14 for demanding a change in leadership and a major reshuffle in the party and in the Prem Kumar Dhumal government ahead of the assembly elections, has refused to accept that he indulged in any indiscipline.

“I want to know that, when in the budget session of the assembly the Congress party did not allow the session to continue and used to shout slogans against the health minister (former) Rajeev Bindal and Dhumal over corruption, didn’t it spoil the image of the BJP government?” the legislator asked.

“Does it improve the government’s image when every now and then news stories are carried about corruption by a BJP leader or minister?”

State BJP president Satpal Satti clarified there was no question of the letter having been leaked from the party office, clearly holding Balnatah responsible for its becoming public.

Balnatah, a close confidant of BJP national vice president Shanta Kumar, in his earlier letter to party present Nitin Gadkari, had said: “Allegations of corruption, nepotism and regionalism are being levelled against the state government.”

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