Round abouts -- Schism in BSP

JALANDHAR, NOV 9: Differences have appeared in the Bahujan Samaj Party over the chalking out of agitational programmes to protest the alleged proposal of the municipal corporation to raze the two roundabouts in the city. One group in the district unit has gone ahead with a protest-cum-rally through the city here on Thursday despite the repeated attempts of senior leaders of the state to postpone the next date. The impetus to these differences was said to be provided by the impending elections to the state unit in the near future for which each group was trying to stamp its authority.

Mohan Singh Phalliawalla, state convenor, had stated that the rally had been postponed considering that a big political rally is being organised at Ghuman village in Gurdaspur, which will be addressed by the BSP supremo, Kanshi Ram. He said the postponement of the Jalandhar rally will jeopardise the arrangements and divide the energy of the state leadership of BSP for the amalgamation of the public. But, the pleading of the state convenor had no effect on the group holding the rally, led by Pawan Tenu.

However, Pawan Tenu, a senior member of the BSP, who had gone ahead with his rally programme, when contacted, maintained that the BSP supremo had asked him to go ahead with the programme. He maintained that the rally will have no bad effect on the November 12 rally of Ghuman.

The rivals, he said, were spreading rumours against him, saying that he had links with the land mafia in the city for whose interests he had been working and would not safeguard the interests of Dalits.

His opponents, however, maintain that one-upmanship politics was doing harm to the interests of Dalits and the agitational programme on the roundabout issue had already suffered losses.

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