By ARUN PRATAP SINGH
DEHRADUN, 14 Oct: The Uttarakhand BJP held an important meeting at its state headquarters, here, today. The meeting was chaired by State BJP Chief and Nainital MP, Ajay Bhatt. The focus of the meeting was to discourage dissent and anti-party activities. It may be recalled that a significant number of BJP leaders including many office bearers had actively or indirectly canvassed for candidates of their choice against the official party candidates in the recent phases of the Panchayat polls being held in the state.Taking cognisance of the same, a significant number of BJP leaders have been expelled recently from the party while notices have been served to many, including Raipur MLA Umesh Sharma. The meeting which was addressed by Union HRD Minister RP Nishank, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and National Associate General Secretary Shiv Prakash, In-Charge of party affairs in Uttarakhand, Shyam Jaju and former Union Minister Ajay Tamta besides others. The speakers stressed on unity and discipline and urged the party workers and leaders not to indulge in anti party activities which would force the state leadership to take disciplinary action against them. They also said that the party leaders ought to follow the footsteps of the national leaders of the party and follow the ideals, morals and principles of the party. It may be recalled that the BJP had served notices and even expelled several party leaders including some office bearers for campaigning against the official party candidates. Even, today, the party expelled the District President of BJP Minority Forum, Mohammad Arif, for canvassing against the official party candidates in the Panchayat polls.