By Nora Chopra
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar just completed two months in power but already the high command is flooded with complaints against him.
The state leadership of the BJP is baying for his head and want him changed. The BJP and the RSS held a review meeting at Panchkula last week. It was attended among others by the Prant Pracharak Sudhir ji.
The declining popularity of the government was discussed threadbare. And the opinion that emerged was that things are unlikely to change if Khattar continues as CM.
The BJP state leaders have lodged an official complaint against the CM with the party president Amit Shah. The RSS too has also warned Shah that BJP will find it difficult to get even ten MLA elected next time with Khattar as their face. They have stressed on the need for change of leadership.
Shah is supposed to have asked Khattar not to take unilateral decisions. He was asked to act only as an arbiter and take the views of his ministers. He has been told to keep Captain Abhimanyu, and the state BJP president Subhash Barala informed and take decisions in consultations with these two leaders.
Khattar’s impact was evident in the Delhi elections where the BJP failed to win even a single seat out of 17 Jat dominated seats in outer Delhi.
The Delhi elections also put a question mark on the capabilities of Amit Shah. After Shah had won 71 seats in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP leaders went to town bragging about his capabilities. The victory was attributed to the Jat votes.
After the Muzaffarnagar riots, the Jats had consolidated totally behind the BJP. Their vote in favour of the BJP both in Haryana and Rajasthan resulted in the formation of the BJP governments.
But in Haryana where the BJP has imposed a refugee Punjabi as Chief Minister has left the jats are seething with anger. The BJP’s massive defeat in Delhi elections is seen as a result of this anger. Another reason for their frustration is that the BJP did not keep its promise to provide them ministerial berths in the modi cabinet. The jats thus ensured the BJP’s defeat.
Significantly the Jat support ensured that the BJP won all the 17 Jat dominated seats of outer Delhi. But this time the entire lot of these jat seats have gone to aap.