The infighting between BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari and the party in Rajasthan intensified today when three ministers and an MP in a joint statement said the legislator was "frustrated" and attacked the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as he was not inducted into the state cabinet.
Tiwari, in a reply to a show-cause notice served to him by the party's national discipline committee on May 6 for alleged indiscipline, had on Monday questioned the central leadership for not taking "action" against Raje, saying he will not bow down to the "corrupt and inferior leadership".
In a strongly worded response, the disgruntled MLA had called the chief minister as the "queen of indiscipline".
Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi and MP Nihal Chand Meghwal in the joint statement said the MLA from Sanganer began his tirade against the party as he was not inducted into the Raje cabinet and he was "frustrated" over it.
"This is the nature of Tiwari. He even messed with late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who taught him politics. Tiwari lost the Assembly election from Chomu in 1998 by a record number of votes, but Raje gave him a ticket from the safe seat of Sanganer in 2003," Saraf said.
Accusing the MLA of spitting venom against the state leadership of the party in his reply to the show-cause notice, Rathore dubbed Tiwari as "kalyugi Kalidas".
"Kalidas cut a branch of a tree on which he was sitting himself and Tiwari is doing the same, but it is doubtful that he will ever gain wisdom," he said.
Chaturvedi accused Tiwari of being "arrogant" and not aware of the importance of the party and its ideology.
"He is working on a principle that only he is correct and the rest wrong," he said.
Meghwal, MP from Sriganganagar, said Tiwari is spreading lies as there has been no pressure of the chief minister on the MPs.
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