Outbursts over the humiliating defeat of the BJP in Alwar Parliamentary by-polls has assumed ugly proportions with two senior leaders questioning each other's mental state.
Gian Dev Ahuja, an outspoken MLA whose video accusing party leaders of turning a deaf ear to his feedback anticipating a huge loss in Alwar has gone viral, was attacked by Jaswant Yadav, a cabinet minister in the state who lost in Alwar.
Yadav said he is a doctor himself, so he can conclude that Ahuja's mental state was not in order and he needed to be cured through psychiatric treatment. He even offered to help Ahuja get medical help.
Yadav went on to add that a statement from Ahuja should either help him, party or anyone but here he, was not helping anyone but only damaging. In contrast, Yadav said, he himself had owned the defeat.
Yadav, as Ahuja has been pointing out, was a wrong choice. The party also accepted in hindsight that it did not read dissidence against Yadav well.
Ahuja, who was once suspended from the party for attacking high command when it had asked Vasundhara Raje to quit as party president a few years ago, retaliated to Yadav's statement saying the minister was so sick mentally that he could not be treated at Jaipur's mental hospital.
"I can escort him to Agra, which is reputed to handle such severe cases as of Yadav," he said.
Ahuja has accused Yadav of being a chameleon, who had changed party four times in the past and even sabotaged his own party (BJP) to get his men head Zila Parishad.
The spat shows that frustration among party men has been rising and unless they are heard properly, it will embarrass and harm the BJP further.