Bengaluru 2nd april: While the congress protested nationwide on the Giriraj Singh issue, the BJP rallied behind the minister whose comments sparked off a row maintained that the minister in question had expressed regret and the party treated the matter closed.
The National executive and the office bearers meeting, which started in Bengaluru this morning, did not take the comments of Giriraj Singh seriously. “He has expressed regret and the party considers the matter closed,” was the curt statement of the party spokesperson, despite the media persistently demanding if any action would be taken against Giriraj Singh for his controversial statements involving the Congress president and his racist comment against Nigerians and dark-complexioned women.
Clearly, the BJP yet again expressing its helplessness in disciplining the controversial leader from Bihar. Given that Bihar goes to polls in the coming months, the BJP seemed reluctant. Even as the congress workers in Bengaluru protested and burnt the effigy of Giriraj Singh, the BJP’s silence surprised many including media.
The three days conference will discuss many issues pertaining to the party’s future especially in the poll going states. The party meet started in a celebratory mood with the party top brass celebrating and congratulating party president Amit Shah and the membership enrollment team for making the BJP the largest political party in the world. “By achieving the 9 crore figure of members, we have reached not just the biggest party status but shows the confidence that the people have, however the process of verification of the data is the next big task,” said Shahnawaz Hussain,spokesperson BJP.
The next three days will see the party passing resolutions on the political front and on the external affairs front. On day one, the
party took assessment of the reach of the government’s schemes and achievements. Something that it wants to focus on in the run up to the 1st anniversary of the party.
The second major resolution , that the national executive expected to pass is about the foreign policy that BJP has adopted. With the Prime Minister having focused on foreign relations directly, the party leaders feel that it has pushed India higher in perception.
But sources tell TEHELKA that while a brave front may be put up , the Prime minister and President are not happy with the communication that the party has displayed especially in handling the controversial Land acquisition bill . The Bill has become a challenge for the party to show a pro poor image.