POWER, water supplies of Joshi’s residence disconnected

New Delhi : Narendra Modi’s bête noire Sanjay Joshi’s supporters just refuse to give up. Even after a minister’s assistant losing his job last time, supporters of the former BJP leader put up posters in the heart of Lutyens’ Zone on Wednesday chiding the party for going against the claims of internal democracy. While Joshi’s supporters continue to defy the party leadership, the power and water lines of the MP’s residence in North Avenue where Joshi presently lives has been disconnected after orders from above.  The residence is official allotted to Tikamgarh BJP MP Virender Kumar.

On his arrival from the three-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with posters challenging the party leadership about the all India Mahasampark Abhiyan. The Abhiyan is an ongoing campaign launched by BJP chief Amit Shah to connect with the newly registered members of the party. One of the posters on Akbar Road demanded that the party should first ‘connect’ with its own people.

This is the second round of poster war by Joshi’s supporters in one month. Similar posters had been placed at dozens of places in central Delhi on April 6, Sanjay Joshi’s birthday. Nitin Sardare, the PS to central minister Shripad Naik even lost his job for wishing Joshi in person while many others were threatened with dire action.

To add to Joshi’s woes, the power and water connection of his residence has been snapped over a week ago. Joshi currently lives in a North Avenue allotted to a BJP MP from Tikamgarh (MP) Virender Kumar. Sources said the MP is under immense pressure from the party leadership for allowing Joshi to live his flat.

The incident has brought back memories of a former Gujarat BJP MP Rajendrasinh Rana who had allowed Joshi to live in his North Avenue flat ever since the latter was ousted from the party and thrown into wilderness. However, Rana had to pay for the gesture as he was denied a Lok Sabha ticket last time only for this reason.

Smita mishra

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