Mangaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jayaprakash Hegde’s recent statement that he would always be ready to point out the mistakes of his party colleagues, irrespective of its impact, has now led to lots of discussions in political circles.
Hegde, after attending a book release programme in the city on Wednesday, May 1 had opined that there was a general notion among the public that those who are identified with a political party should agree with every word of its top leaders. “However, I don’t agree with that. If we are mum about the mistakes of our leaders, then there would be no scope for Democracy. If it is wrong, I would love to commit the same mistakes again and again. I don’t care about even getting suspended from the party”, he said.
He also recalled his suspension from Congress party for the same reason. “I was suspended from my earlier party for the same reason. If the same happens here also, I am ready to face it”, he claimed.
Hegde’s statement has created heated discussions in political circles now. Some people opine that this is an indication that he has already stepped out of BJP. It is a known fact that Hegde defected to BJP from Congress after he was denied a ticket to contest the MLC election.
When he came to BJP, he had clarified that he did not want any position in BJP. However, he was a ticket aspirant from Udupi Lok Sabha constituency in the recently concluded election. But, the party high command preferred to field Shobha Karandlaje again for the second term. Hegde was apparently disappointed with the decision of the top leaders of BJP.