The BJP&’s ‘divert attention’ strategy, the brainchild of its low-profile Media head, Mr Rasik Lal Parmar, who enjoys being off the screen, finally paid off. The ongoing off the board battle between the Congress satraps has for certain loosened the noose on the BJP
statesman news service
RAIPUR, 8 JUNE: At a time when the Congress was widely expected to put a joint struggle in the wake of the 25 May Maoist ambush on the convoy of  several of its top leaders, the embattled grand old party is rendered disarrayed, deeply divided and caught in a series of verbal-spats between its senior-most faces. Anxious thus, the party has to resort to issue a “ gad-order”, barring the leaders from making “unnecessary comments”.
The official word, jointly issued by the Acting PCC Chief Charan Das Mahant and Programme Coordinator Bhupesh Baghel , came today in the wake of former chief minister Ajit Jogi&’s continued tirade against his one time pal turned rival, Mr Digvijay Singh, the former chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh.
The gag order issued today, cautioned the leaders and other party workers to refrain from making adverse comments against any of its senior leaders. A two-page statement, circulated to the media also warns the cadres of a stern action to be taken if they violate the instruction, apparently approved by 10 Janpath, where both Mr Mahant and Mr Baghel have apprised party president Sonia Gandhi of the aftermath of the Maoist attack on its leaders.
The statement further says, any comment pertaining to senior leaders will not be tolerated and such comments would amount to indiscipline. Since the attack, the party is deeply grieved, thus no one should resort to complaints and adverse comments against party men.
With launching an assault over Mr Digvijay Singh, the witty Mr Jogi has stirred a hornet&’s nest. The political atmosphere in Raipur has warmed up and given the rising clout Diggy Raja enjoys with Mr Rahul Gandhi, his supporters, who till recently had maintained silence, are making a beeline to issue comments in support of their leader.
The BJP war-room meanwhile, which was deeply engrossed in counter-offensive to rein in the rampant anti-government sentiments, has now been put into relax-mode. Soon after the attack, the saffron party deployed all its’ armoury to counter the allegations of a government laxity, contrary to the Congress&’s relatively low-profile media-faces, the BJP deployed a galaxy of its senior-most faces to launch a counter offensive in almost all the important district headquarters.
The BJP&’s divert-attention strategy, the brainchild of its even more low-profile Media head, Mr Rasik Lal Parmar, who enjoys being off the screen, finally paid off. The ongoing off the board battle between the Congress satraps has for certain loosened the noose on the BJP.