Punch For  A Lunch: BJP Leaders Squabble Over Food at Banquet Hall

Srinagar: In the backdrop of a meet titled “Fight like soldiers for India” to strengthen the party, BJP leaders lived up to the title albeit with a difference: they fought like animals to secure their respective platefuls of rice at the Srinagar’s Banquet Hall here on Tuesday.

District presidents, block and constituency level functionaries of the party were seen pushing and nudging each other to grab their lunch this afternoon.

BJP state president, Sat Sharma and state secretary, Ashok Koul were among the participants.

The party had organised its first party convention here at Banquet hall since the uprising began in Kashmir on July 8, after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Officials of the Protocol department who served the lunch, had a tough time to deal with the unruly members whose lunch was delayed by an hour and a half. They lost their cool and almost came to blows in the hall as the top cadre watched them in awe.

Many leaders left the hall without eating as they found it difficult to secure a place in the chaos.

As things turned uglier making it difficult for the employees to serve the food, it forced the senior BJP office bearers like Altaf Thakur (media in-charge Kashmir), Dr Ali Muhammad (State Publicity Secretary) to intervene and control the situation.

Later, Thakur and Dr Ali took charge of the buffet and served food to their local leaders.

However, things still didn’t come under control forcing women workers and an elderly to stay away from the chaos and wait for their turn in the end.

Even the media persons who had gone to cover the event also stayed away from the chaos that was created by the BJPs district and block leaders during the serving of food at lunch.

“What kind of discipline they will show others. This is sheer show of indiscipline,” said one BJP worker.

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