The rift in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) city unit came to the fore when a group of party workers alleged that the decisions taken by the party leaders were biased and that the state of affairs were person-centric.
Senior BJP leader Arvinda Limbavali, who was in the city to attend the core committee meeting of the party, had a tough time to pacify the agitated party cadres who were not ready to take things lying down.
The party workers from four constituencies raised slogans against the party leaders and alleged that the BJP in city had lost its charm. “There is no proper plan and coordination among the workers. The party has become person-centric and biased. Constituency and ward leaders are neglected and the leaders are acting according to their whims and fancies. The decisions are taken unanimously by a few leaders and we are not even informed about the meeting. It is this kind of attitude that has resulted in failure of the BJP in the recently held elections.”
The situation turned tense when leaders resorted to blame game. When the situation looked to go out of control, some senior party leaders interfered to take control of the situation.
Sensing trouble, Limbavali took the initiative and tried to pacify the leaders. The drama continued for about an hour when Nagendra, former MUDA chairman came to help Limbavali.
Addressing the workers, Limbavali assured that he will look into the allegations and find solution for all the problems. He advised the workers not to take any haste actions. “We are with you and let us sit together and discuss the problems. We are now under the leadership of B S Yedyurappa and we all must strive to realise the vision of the party rather than fighting with each other. We will work out plans to strengthen the party and I ensure that every one’s view will be considered while taking a decision. Party is important than any person,” he added.
BJP City President Dr Manjunath, MLC G Madhusudhan, former minister Ramdas, Corporator Nandeesh Preetham, Appanna and others were present on the occasion.