Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by BJP leaders Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and others during the BJP parliamentary party meeting, in New Delhi on Tuesday.
IN A stern message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told BJP leaders on Tuesday that arrogance and misbehaviour cannot be tolerated, and dubbed as “totally unacceptable” the conduct of senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya’s MLA son, who had assaulted a Government official. According to sources, he told the BJP parliamentary party meeting that “whoever it may be, whoever’s son he may be... Such arrogance, misbehaviour cannot be tolerated” and action should be taken against those who indulge in such a conduct. “Manmaani nahi chalegi,” he said in Hindi, meaning one cannot get away with doing whatever he or she wishes.
Sources said Modi made a reference to the MLA’s brazen defence of his attack on officials with a cricket bat with the boast “pahle nivedan, phir aavedan, phir danadan” (first request, then application, then attack). Talking to reporters, BJP MP and party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy quoted Modi as saying that such conduct was “totally unacceptable”. Modi also disapproved the conduct of those party functionaries, who celebrated the MLA’s release from a jail in Indore. Asked if the Prime Minister also suggested disciplinary action, Rudy answered in affirmative.
“He said if somebody behaves in such a way, then action should be taken against him. He made his feelings very clear,” Rudy said. Party leaders indicated that Madhya Pradesh BJP may issue show cause notice to the MLA, Akash Vijayvargiya, and also the local leaders who celebrated his release from jail. “If somebody commits a mistake, there should be a sense of regret as well,” Modi was quoted as saying by a party leader. Akash Vijayvargiya had assaulted a municipal official with a cricket bat during a demolition drive in Indore last week and his action was caught on camera, footage of which went viral, triggering a row. The MLA had defended his action and refused to apologise. He was arrested and later released on bail by a court in Madhya Pradesh.
The Prime Minister said BJP leaders have toiled hard for generations to bring the party success and such arrogance brings it a bad name. The MLA’s father Kailash Vijayvargiya, a BJP national General Secretary, was in the meeting when Modi deplored the incident. At the first parliamentary party meeting held after he led the BJP to a massive win in the recent Lok Sabha polls, Modi was felicitated by senior leaders. Party chief Amit Shah and its working president J P Nadda were also felicitated, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters.
Joshi said Modi will launch the BJP’s membership drive from Varanasi on July 6 during which at least five trees should be planted by party workers in every booth across the country. Modi dubbed the plantation exercise as “panchvati”, which according to the Ramayana, was the place where Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman had stayed in exile for 14 years. “Had a great @BJP4India Parliamentary Party meet earlier today. A wide range of issues were discussed. Looking forward to a fruitful session ahead,” the prime minister tweeted. In his address, he asked party MPs to ensure their presence in Parliament during the ongoing session and added that they should also dedicate themselves to people’s service so that they are known for what they have done for the masses, Joshi said. While Modi will launch the membership drive from Varanasi, Shah will kick it off in Telangana and other party leaders in different parts of the country. July 6 is the birth anniversary of BJP ideologue Syama Prasad Mukherjee.