news Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 05:30
In a sign of growing dissent within the BJP, an MP who is seen to be close to the RSS made some uncomfortable statements directed at the party’s leadership at the BJP’s parliamentary meet on Wednesday.   According to a report in The Economic Times, the BJP MP from Ballia, Uttar Pradesh (UP) Bharat Singh complained of a lack of access to the top brass of the leadership at a meeting which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   Singh’s outburst came after the party’s General Secretary Ram Lal concluded with a speech about the party’s new outreach programme called “Mahasampark”. An MP who was present at the meeting told the newspaper that Singh is said to have complained saying the Union Ministry itself had become inaccessible to party workers and office bearers.   Singh is reported to have complained saying that even after a year in power no development by the government was being seen on the ground. Not even a kilometre of road had been built in his constituency said the MP.    “Singh said ministers do not respond to letters and at times up to several months and requests are made before the ministers respond,” a party leader was quoted as saying. According to those who attended the meeting, several MPs clapped in support after Singh spoke.   Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has brushed aside the rumours of discontent and said that the cause of Singh’s statements was because he was unhappy with the UP government for not utilising funds well.   “While the party is boasting about crossing the 10 crore mark in its membership drive and now talking about a Mahasampark programme to reach out to these people, there is no sampark (connect) of the senior party leaders and Union ministers with the junior party workers," Singh reportedly said.   Read more at: BJP MP Bharat Singh criticises government at party meet; complains no development on ground   

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