Sunday, 13 Aug, 8.22 am

Shah unhappy with dissidence in State BJP unit

BJP National president Amit Shah on Saturday issued a stern warning against factional feuds within the state unit and directed partymen to focus on tackling the ruling Congress on charges of corruption and caste polarisation ommunities in the run up to the assembly election next year.

Shah, who arrived in Bengaluru in the morning on a three-day visit to galvanise the state unit for the polls, cracked the whip on the warring factions and told them to be loyal to the party.

"The party will not tolerate any kind of indiscipline. All the functionaries should toe the party line and should work as one family," he told the state core committee members comprising senior state unit leaders, including state president B S Yeddyurappa and his bete noire K S Eshwarappa.

Shah refused to entertain backbiting. Eshwarappa's camp followers had planned to complain against Yeddyurappa's style of functioning.

'Don't worry'
When some state office-bearers sought to know the steps taken to end the feud, Shah said: "We will take care of it, don't worry. Focus on strengthening the party at booth level."

He is said to have expressed his strong displeasure at the state leadership for not effectively taking on the state government on corruption.

He was obviously targeting the state BJP for not effectively putting the government on the mat during the Income Tax raids on Energy minister D K Shivakumar recently.