BJP takes serious note of a scuffle between two leaders during Ekatm Yatra
Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
BJP Member of Parliament from Dewas Manohar Untwal and MLA from Dewas Gopal Parmar have been summoned to Bhopal by BJP state president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan. They have been asked to be present in the state capital on Friday. The two leaders had clashed and came to blows during Ekatma Yatra in Agar Malwa.
As Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan came to learn about the incident, he expressed displeasure over it and had talks with state president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan over the issue.
After this both the leaders have been summoned to state capital. The video of this incident became viral after which the party decided to take action.
The video grab that went viral on social media showed both the leaders and their supporters allegedly involved in a scuffle during the Ekatma Yatra. The fight broke out over holding the Ekatma Yatra flag and MLA Parmar, who was holding the flag, was seen being assaulted by the rival group. Later, it was revealed that MLA Parmar was at the receiving end of the blows.
Supporters from both the groups were also seen exchanging blows during the procession. After the incident, Parmar alleged that Manohar Untwal and his supporters tried to snatch the flag from him and assaulted him in public.
Both Parmar and Untwal are senior Dalit leaders from the district, but have differences since long time over local issues. Parmar had earlier alleged that Untwal was eyeing his constituency during the ensuing assembly elections.
Factionalism on rise in party
The MP and the MLA will have to give their explanation to the party organization. Most party leaders believe factionalism is on rise in the party. A similar incident took place in Balaght where there was dispute between MLA Dr. Gaurishankar Bisen and MP Bodhsingh Bhagat. At that time the MP was summoned to Bhopal and warned. Similarly several such incidents have taken place in Chhatarpur.
In Bhopal factionalism among MLAs is on the rise. In a meeting convened by BJP district president Surendranath Singh, corporators who are supporter of MLAs were not present. The district president was so hurt that he told the corporators that they would not get ticket again.
Sources in BJP said that differences among the leaders are likely to surface again during ticket distribution for the assembly elections scheduled to be held in November this year. Senior leaders of the party are keeping a watch on the factions.