Opposition to proposed yatra unfortunate: Kataria
Jaipur: Terming the opposition to his proposed 'yatra' as "unfortunate", senior party leader and MLA Gulab Chand Kataria on Sunday said that some of the party leaders deliberately made his campaign an issue.
Kataria rubbished allegations of some of the party members that it was his trick to project himself as the party's face in the state and claimed that his 28-day-long campaign was to highlight the failure of Congress at both centre and state level in giving pro-people policies, programmes and good governance.
"It is very unfortunate that a campaign which was aimed at strengthening party in Mewar region, which plays key role in elections, was objected without any sound logic. It was not my personal decision, it was planned with consultation the party's state leadership," Kataria told a news agency over phone today.
"It was not me who made it an ego issue. Those all who objected to the 'yatra' in and out of the core committee meeting have made it an ego issue. I always worked for the welfare of the party and will continue to do that. It is up to them how do they take it," he said.
Dramatic developments reflected intense feud in the party last night when former chief minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, walked out of the core-committee meeting which was called to take a decision on the controversial 'Jan Jagran Yatra' by Kataria.
She said that she would quit the party if Kataria did not change his decision after which MLA Kiran Maheshwari, Hari Singh Rawat, Kalyan Singh and other office bearers also said last night that they would also resign from the party in support of Raje.
"Mewar plays important role during elections so I as a party worker wanted to strengthen the party in the region. I discussed it with the party and planned it," Kataria said.
MLA Kiran Maheshwari first propagated before media that it was my personal agenda. If she had objection, why she did not complain to the party leaders in Jaipur or Delhi and why she broke party discipline?," he said.
"My campaign was purely for the party, not individual. It was not my first such campaign I have taken out Yatras in the past too which yielded good results," he said.
Kataria said that what happened last night and whatever is going on now in the party was not good for the party.
"It is of course not good. The party's high command should take a call on the issue. I have cancelled my yatra and at the moment I have no plan. I will abide by the directions of the party high command," he said.
Kataria left last night for Udaipur from here.
Rajsamand MLA and former MP, Kiran Maheshwari said that the party workers wanted a party level Yatra so Kataria should have taken all in confidence before announcing the yatra.
Six-time MLA Gulab Chand Kataria was the Home Minister in former BJP government headed by Raje and represents Udaipur constituency.