Upset over the BJP leadership for the delay in announcing her name from Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has dropped a letter bomb by deciding to not contest elections this time around.
She expressed her disappointment over the delay by the BJP leadership in announcing the candidate for the Indore seat, which she had represented since 1989. Her letter read, “The BJP has till date not announced its candidate from Indore. Why is this indecision? It’s possible that the party is hesitant in taking a decision, although I had discussed this with the party leadership a long ago and had left the final decision to them.”
She went on to add, “It seems that they still have some doubts. Therefore, I am now announcing that I will not contest the Lok Sabha elections. The party is now free to take a decision without any hesitation.”
She also thanked her constituents for reposing faith in her for so long. Earlier, veteran party leader Murli Manohar Joshi too had put out a note in public after he was denied a ticket from Kanpur, which he won by a huge margin in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP has also replaced another veteran leader LK Advani in Gandhinagar by its national president Amit Shah. Advani, in a blog on Thursday, had hit out at the BJP’s current leadership. In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his troll army for declaring anyone with dissenting views ‘anti-national,’ Advani had written, “The essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression. Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our “enemies”, but only as our adversaries. Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national”. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at a personal as well as political level.”
Mahajan’s frustration against her party’s leadership assumes significance in light of her questionable conduct as the Lok Sabha Speaker in the last five years. She had often faced condemnation for going out of her way to show her alleged biases in favour of the BJP inside the parliament.
This Lok Sabha polls will take place in seven phases with the counting scheduled for 23 May.