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Lalitgate, Vyapam: Shanta Kumar's revelations suggest all is not well inside BJP!
Centuries past, Abraham Lincoln had delivered the address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. The title reflected the part of the speech's introduction, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

And Prez Lincoln sounds very relevant today, a day after veteran BJP leader and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Shanta Kumar revealed, "There is no longer adequate samvaad (dialogue) happening in our party. There is no way for people like me to communicate with the leadership. 

He claimed that three ministers had praised him for speaking up. "There are many but I have spoken out. I am just back from the central hall and I received support from so many. One minister asked me, 'Why tension? Everybody is proud of you.' Majority people told me that. Not just one, three ministers told me someone had to speak out. You dared, which was nice. A large majority feel that someone showed the courage to say the right thing. I strongly felt that BJP's image has been dented, which is why I wrote in my letter that the party must introspect and investigate. I never demanded that the chief minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) should resign."

He also said the party needed to introspect on the controversy surrounding Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. "After the completion of one year, we were celebrating our achievements… but during the celebrations, from Rajasthan to Maharashtra, fingers were pointed at to us. I felt as if our celebrations have been eclipsed. I was compelled to write the letter when Uma Bharati said that there is a threat to her and her close aides' lives. Someone from my own party feels as if there is a threat to their life."

Shanta Kumar declined to name the ministers but suggested they were seniors.

Instead of addressing the issue in its correct spirit, the BJP president deflected the query of Shanta Kumar and took a jibe via 'Cape of Good Hope.' He said that party leaders should be cautious about not getting carried away by the Congress' propaganda . He repeated the old BJP lyric - Party members should be proud of the achievement of the Modi government.

It is interesting to note that Madhya Pradesh CM found himself compelled to defend against the charges of veteran party leader. He responded by calling the Vyapam Ghotala a propaganda of Congress. He wrote a five-page letter to Shanta Kumar to apprise him about his side of story.

According to a Sanskrit proverb - "Vinash kale vipreet budhdhee" - the wisdom departs when the bad times come. Sushma Swaraj has shocked even her own party men with her bogus excuse of Congress leaders asking to help for some tainted businessman's passport.

Even a green horn will tell her that this alibi is not going to cut ice. She is acting strange out of desperation and fear. On Twitter Front, her first bio on Twitter was "Fought 10 elections, Six terms MP, Chief Minister of Delhi, Union Minister for Health, I&B Telecom, Leader of Oppn Lok Sabha."

Then she declared "Spent a life to know India." The External Affairs minister has removed 'Foreign Minister' from her Twitter bio. It used to say "Foreign Minister, Government of India". What prompted her to do so?

So, it is not Congress but the RSS Darbar which is convulsing and the country is watching the drama of scandals with strange curiosity and nostalgia.

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