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Coterie running party: Khurana

Monday 22 August 2005

Staff Reporter

It is unfortunate that those with no political base are at the helm of affairs

I am feeling sad and hurt over the downfall of party Show-cause notice yet to be received Future course of action after consulting RSS leaders

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Thus speaks Khurana...

NEW DELHI: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Madan Lal Khurana, suspended from the party for "gross indiscipline," on Sunday said that he was "worried" by the manner in which the party was being run by a "coterie" surrounding BJP president L.K. Advani and added that he was feeling "sad and hurt" at the "downfall" of the party.

"I will chalk out my next course of action only after consulting my supporters and senior party and RSS leaders. I am yet to receive the show cause-notice issued to me," he said.

Unfazed by the disciplinary action, the one time strongman of Delhi said it was unfortunate that those leaders who have no political base or have rarely contested elections were at the helm of party affairs. On the other hand, mass leaders had been sidelined and relegated to the background in a humiliating manner. "The coterie surrounding Mr. Advani is running the BJP like a private limited company from air-conditioned rooms and acting as managing directors. Such a situation was unacceptable. We have nurtured the party for more than five decades and cannot be silent spectators to such a depressing scenario," he alleged.

RSS meeting

It is learnt that Mr. Khurana attended an RSS meeting at Jhandewalan on Sunday to discuss his further course of action. He is also said to be in touch with some dissident leaders of Jharkhand, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

"I have been associated with the Sangh Parivar and the BJP for 50 years. I want the party to run properly. After all I have devoted my entire life for its betterment,’’ he added.

Ever since news of Mr. Khurana’s suspension became public, his supporters including some BJP legislators from Delhi have been thronging his residence.

Not demoralised

Often referred to as "Delhi ka Sher," Mr. Khurana maintained that he had never crossed the limit so far as discipline was concerned and the show-cause notice did not worry him. "I had resigned as the Chief Minister of Delhi on my own. Then I resigned as Governor of Rajasthan to serve the people of Delhi. All through my decades of political life with the BJP and the Jan Sangh, I had never broken discipline and the latest action of the party had not demoralised me. It is unfortunate that Mr. Advani has chosen to take sides with his coterie and not read the ground realities. I had requested him along with the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to have a "peace meeting" with RSS chief K. Sudarshan. However, Mr. Advani declined to meet the RSS chief at that time but after a few days, at the behest of his coterie, went to the RSS headquarters and had a meeting with the senior leaders there in the aftermath of the Jinnah controversy, he alleged".

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