BJP Drang MLA Jawahar Thakur’s controversial statement draws party ire
Shimla, May 18
The opposition BJP in Himachal Pradesh has issued a show cause notice to its own sitting MLA, Jawahar Thakur, from the Drang Assembly constituency. The notice was issued in response to Thakur’s statements in newspapers and on social media. The BJP, stated that Thakur’s statements against senior party leaders go against the party constitution and warrant action. Thakur has been given seven days to respond to the notice. The party also warned Thakur, who is a Congress rebel and BJP MLA, that if he fails to submit a reply, action could be taken against him for engaging in anti-party activities.
In a recent media byte that went viral, Jawahar Thakur criticized Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and former BJP state president Suresh Kashyap, accusing them of running the world’s largest political party like a private company and acting as corporate general managers. He further stated that the BJP has been facing consecutive defeats in the state due to the faulty working of these two leaders.
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It is worth noting that the BJP has lost not only the Assembly Election in the state but also parliamentary and assembly by-polls, as well as municipal corporation elections in Shimla, Solan, and the BJP stronghold of Palampur in the past three years. The party seems to be facing a series of setbacks.
Recently, Congress party leaders, including Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, claimed that out of the 26 BJP MLAs elected, including rebels, before the formation of their government, 26 MLAs are in touch with him. However, the Congress, with 40 seats in the 68-member Assembly, does not require their support.