Amit Shah pulls up top party leaders over Beef row
New Delhi : The entire political community had been actively involved in Beef row, ever since Dadri lynching mishap created a divide between politicians forcing them to voice their opinions in public. Many leaders from the ruling BJP government in centre too made statements which evoked further discussions and forced Prime Minister himself to take cognizance of the beef row and give a word of sympathy on Dadri lynching, With Bihar election on the rolls and two phases already under voting, the Beef row escalation reached the doors of BJP President Amit Shah who, in the wake of Bihar polls, decided to hold a meet with in-house babbling politicians and draw a line.
Media and opposition as well as allies screaming about BJP’s fringe elements hurting its credibility with irresponsible utterances, lead to a meeting scheduled between Amit Shah and other leaders who have been in the limelight very recently for provoking sentiments and triggering the beef row and escalating it to the next level. Under fire from its allies and the Opposition — and as a damage control measure on reports that the party is losing the edge in Bihar — the BJP on Sunday reprimanded some of its top leaders for their controversial remarks on the Dadri lynching and cow slaughter.
BJP chief Amit Shah summoned Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, MP Sakshi Maharaj and Uttar Pradesh MLA Sangeet Som to the party office in the morning and pulled them up for ‘making unnecessary inflammatory remarks’. Information trickling from the meet revealed that Shah’s message was directed at Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma as well, though Sharma was not present at the meeting. According to party sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his disapproval over the statements and conveyed his displeasure to Shah. It is being said that under PM Modi’s request to tighten the noose, party President Amit Shah took the step of issuing a strict warning against such remarks. Amit Shah is supposed to have conveyed to the leaders about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s uneasiness with their reckless remarks which threatened to dent image of party at a time when Bihar was in poll mode and the fallout of the controversy could create an adverse situation for the the party.