New Delhi: Wary of the party speaking in
different voices and the embarrassment this would cause, BJP
on Friday asked its cadre and media management personnel not to
express any "personal opinions" or differ from the party`s
official line during senior leader LK Advani`s yatra.
Addressing a BJP media management workshop for its
office bearers from across the country, Leader of Opposition
in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley emphasised the need for discipline
within the party cadre during the jan chetna yatra.
"We do not want our local leaders to speak a different
language during the yatra. No personal opinion should be
expressed. They should speak only on the issues which are on
the agenda of the yatra," Jaitley said.
He asked the office bearers to ensure that those local
leaders who speak as fillers or who have to say a few words to
welcome Advani and other senior leaders do not deviate from
the issues and say something that creates a controversy.
"What the local leaders say is also important. Anybody
should not be allowed to speak (from a public platform)
without knowing what he will say," he said.
BJP has often had egg on its face due to various
leaders- even at the senior most level- voicing opinions which
are not in sync with the party`s official line.
Jaitley also asked the party cadre, which will handle
media affairs at different places during the 38-day yatra
across 23 states and four union territories, not to be
unsettled by press criticism during the yatra.
"We do not have to set aside our agenda and have to work
with a single-minded focus," Jaitley said, adding that
criticism of the programme from some sections is unavoidable.