New Delhi/Ranchi, July 14: BJP national president Nitin Gadkari today advised the party’s Jharkhand core committee members to exercise patience but excel.
At a late night meeting in Delhi, he asked state BJP members to avoid media blitz and work hard. He rubbished claims of chief minister Arjun Munda’s rivals that the party had flopped in the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha by-election.
According to insiders, Gadkari refused to soften up to either Munda or his detractors, who tried to use the media to question each other.
While the Sangh Parivar loyalists argued that the statewide anti-encroachment drive and resentment among party cadres over coalition politics was responsible for the debacle, Munda also cited his own reasons. However, Gadkari was not impressed and demanded results.
Earlier, after arriving in the national capital, Munda termed the state BJP’s core committee meet a routine exercise. He chose to boast about the division-level appraisals for the state administration, due to take place shortly, which he had introduced. “Once these are done, more administrative decisions can be taken at the divisional level. These will be monitored through regular review meetings,” he added.
Commenting on Babulal Marandi’s statement that the bulldozers for demolition in Jamshedpur would fell the state government, Munda retorted, “Uske paas bulldozer zyada hai kya (Does he possess a bulldozer too many)?”
Apart from Munda, state BJP president and Jamshedpur bypoll runner-up Dineshanand Goswami also took part in the meet that went late into the night. A senior leader said party MP Nishikant Dubey’s recent criticism of the JMM, questioning the ruling coalition, would also come up for discussion in the meet.
Meanwhile, Munda welcomed Jharkhand High court’s verdict ordering a recount of votes of the Hatia Assembly poll in 2009.
Party spokesperson Amarpreet Singh Kale, who is in Delhi, said he expected BJP’s Ramji Lal Sharda to be declared winner after the recount.