Team Mangalorean - Puttur
from Vishal Nekkilady
Puttur: 'All my efforts to set right the ailings and failings in the Bharatiya Janata Party have gone in vain. I did everything possible to rid the party of corruption, favouritism, misuse of power and interference by the RSS in the party affairs. Since I did not succeed, I have decided to stay away from both Swabhimani Vedike and the seniors' forum' - this is the way former MLA and senior BJP member Urimajalu Kabbinahitlu Ram Bhat expressed his current stand, while speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, June 25.
He said that senior members like him had been deeply pained by the way the party had functioned in the state after coming to power. With an aim to stem the rot and set things right, he had formed the seniors' forum and toured the state with other like-minded senior leaders, he further said.
'We protested in several ways and discussed the matter with the party's national leaders. However, things appear to be beyond repair. Even a leader like Lal Krishna Advani himself could not set things right in the Karnataka BJP. What can I do, sitting here in Puttur?' said Bhat in a tone of frustration.
The Sangh, by its association with the BJP, has smeared itself with dirt. This needed a fresh blow of air. He felt that Narendra Modi of Gujarat was the wind needed, so that a check could be put on the Sangh's interference in the BJP, he also said. Even if he was to be expelled from the party, he would continue to be a loyal BJP worker, he added.
However, he made it clear that the Swabhimani Vedike would continue to function under the guidance of other members. Similarly, the Swabhimani Sauharda Cooperative also will function independently since it was a registered body without any political affiliations.