Jha an odd choice for top BJP post
Posted May 22, 2010on:
Prabhat Jha’s “election” as the president of the Madhya Pradesh unit of the BJP has jolted, possibly for the first time, the conscience of the party leaders in the State.
BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Kalraj Mishra, who was deputed by the party high command to oversee the election of the State BJP president, announced that Jha was the consensus candidate of the party leaders and declared him elected “unopposed”.
Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Sumitra Mahajan, who has been representing Indore in Lok Sabha for over two decades, asked Mishra who were consulted to create a consensus in favour of Jha. She said she was not consulted, nor was Vikram Verma nor some of the other senior leaders whom she had talked.
Mahajan, who was never known in the past for questioning a party decision, told Mishra bluntly that a correct procedure in the election of the party president had not been followed and that she was withdrawing in protest. She also asked Mishra to convey her protest to the senior leaders in Delhi.
Faggan Singh Kulaste, a former tribal MP from the Mahakoshal region, also registered a similar protest against the procedure followed for election of Prabhat Jha as the State party president.
The BJP leaders, even those who did not dare come out openly, are wondering aloud about the high command’s decision to make Jha as the party president because 53-year-old Jha had never been in the organisation and has no experience of working in a party. The only position he has held, according to his Rajya Sabha biodata, was that he was “elected to Rajya Sabha in 2008”.