Veteran BJP leader and former president of the party Murli Manohar Joshi in a message to voters has declared that he has been told by his party not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In a sense indicating that he was forced to be out of the electoral politics, he revealed how party founders like L K Advani and he are being treated by the present leadership of the party.
Like Advani, MM Joshi is also deeply resentful of the manner in which he was pink-slipped by his party. The message was delivered by BJP general secretary Ramlal and some sources said Joshi felt that of such a decision had been taken, the least that party chief could have done was to convey it to him.
Joshi’s message addressed to his constituency, read: “Dear voters of Kanpur, Shri Ramlal General Secretary (Org), Bharatiya Janata Party conveyed to me today that I should not contest the ensuing parliamentary election from Kanpur and elsewhere.”
Joshi, who has been a union minister in Vajapayee’s cabinet was also not included in the party’s campaigners list of Uttar Pradesh. In the previous general election, Joshi had given up his Varanasi seat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and moved to Kanpur, where he won by a huge margin,
Advani, Kalraj Mishra, Shanta Kumar and Kariya Munda were informed by Ramlal that they would not contest this time. They were reportedly informed on phone and told to announce that they wouldn’