Shimla, Nov 16
Is the HP- BJP transcending from a rebellious to a turmoil state of affairs? Seems deep fault lines have emerged in the party. The same was exposed after a viral audio clip on social media exposed the party leadership as being compromised. This clip has allegedly revealed the voice of former BJP Minister Gulab Singh Thakur and one Govind Singh. The audio, whose authenticity could not be confirmed, seems to be of during the canvassing period for the HP assembly polls. Here Thakur can be heard stating that after pushing him aside, the party sold the ticket to a wealthy candidate for a sack of money. The audio also indicated the reservations of the former BJP minister after being ignored by the party.
Gulab Singh Thakur is father-in-law of Union Minister Anurag Thakur. He has held key posts in the Public works department and revenue during the Prem Kumar Dhumal government. Thakur left Congress in 1998 after becoming Assembly speaker. After that, he became a cabinet minister in the 2008 -2012 Dhumal Government.
In 2017, he was defeated by a diamond merchant, Prakash Rana, whom, BJP gave the 2022 assembly ticket. Thakur is considered a loyalist of Prem Kumar Dhumal and has been in political exile since 2017.
Noteworthy that this is the second clip that revealed bitterness in the ‘Anti-Nadda’ camp over the allotment of tickets. A few days before, a video clip had gone viral, wherein allegedly PM Narinder Modi was heard forcing party former MP Kripal Parmar to a truce. https://himachalscape.com/pms-call-to-a-rebel-in-hp-bjp-seems-to-be-losing-grounds/ However, despite the call from the top office, Parmar went ahead to contest as an independent against BJP Minister Rakesh Pathania from the Fatehpur assembly. In the clip, Parmar blamed BJP National president JP Nadda for insulting him by keeping him away from the fray for the last 12 years.