BJP Office-Bearers in Pune Under Fire for Disruptions at SPPU and Nikhil Wagle Event

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Pune, 12th February 2024: During preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Pune have found themselves in hot water, facing criticism from party leaders in Delhi. Reports have emerged of angry BJP leaders in the national capital berating office bearers in Pune over recent incidents involving the Center for Performing Arts of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and senior journalist Nikhil Wagle.

In light of the special ceremony to install the Shri Ram Idol in Ayodhya, which brought joy to people all over the country, Pune saw many celebrations and events in the colour saffron to mark the occasion. However, amid the joyful celebrations, the BJP’s Lok Sabha election strategy in Pune has faced challenges because of the actions of its office-bearers.

Conflict arose when the play ‘Jab We Met’ encountered interruption at the Centre of Performing Arts of SPPU, allegedly halted by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). This incident caused significant unrest by the city BJP and prompted police intervention, eliciting strong criticism and impacting the political atmosphere in Pune.

Moreover, tensions heightened due to the controversy involving senior journalist Nikhil Wagle, renowned for his critical views towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP figures. Despite objections from BJP officials, Wagle proceeded with a planned event in Pune, which was disrupted by chaos and violence initiated by BJP workers. Despite the disturbances, Wagle’s event was considered successful, sparking criticism against the BJP and garnering national attention to the incident.

The aftermath of these incidents has reached the high command of the party in Delhi, where BJP leaders are feeling disappointed and giving a stern talking-to to the Pune office-bearers for what they’ve done. They’ve been told to stop these actions right away and shift their attention to getting ready for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.