Republican Party politicians, including Adam Bielan and Łukasz Mejza, join Law and Justice. President Jarosław Kaczyński explains that the party needs to be consolidated before the next elections. The question is how PiS voters will accept the fact that they are now to be represented by people whose scandals are still being investigated by the prosecutor’s office.
Łukasz Mejza left the meeting on Nowogrodzka Street as an official member of Law and Justice. – Mr. Łukasz Mejza, as we know, does not have the best portfolio, but I understand that it does not bother Jarosław Kaczyński at the moment – comments Magdalena Chrzczonowicz, deputy editor-in-chief of OKO.press.
Łukasz Mejza obtained his parliamentary mandate from the Law and Justice party, but as a member of Adam Bielan’s Republican Party. However, the party is ending its activities because on Saturday Law and Justice adopted a resolution to merge with Bielana’s party. – This unification is an element of the consolidation of right-wing and patriotic forces – argued the president of Law and Justice, Jarosław Kaczyński. – This is simply incorporating Mr. Bielany’s couch into PiS, it is such a mechanical operation – says Michał Kobosko, MP from Third Way.
These are politicians who have voted hand in hand with Law and Justice over the last few years, or were previously directly associated with this party, but had to temporarily part ways due to various controversies. – Jarosław Kaczyński is probably drowning and he does not yet realize how quickly the water is changing on the ship he commands – says Bartosz Wieliński, a journalist of “Gazeta Wyborcza”. – What is happening to Jarosław Kaczyński is the best thing that could have happened to the new majority – adds Zuzanna Dąbrowska, a journalist at “Rzeczpospolita”.
Kaczyński’s party is also joined by a group of politicians from the “good change camp”, from whom PiS itself has always been able to distance itself – on inconvenient issues – so far.
Łukasz Mejza was the deputy minister of sport in the PiS government until a press conference, during which he argued that by offering untested, even dangerous, but extremely expensive therapies to parents of terminally ill children, he only wanted to help those in need. – As far as I know, there are no prosecutorial charges – says Jacek Ozdoba, MP from Sovereign Poland, about Mejza. The prosecutor’s office has so far conducted at least several proceedings related to Mejza’s business activities.
A chance for Bielany?
The prosecutor’s office has recently been no longer headed by a politician from the “good change camp”, so the proceedings in the Mejza case, which have been dragging on for three years, may finally speed up. Commentators also point to other matters related to the Bielan group – for example, the attempt to siphon off tens of millions of zlotys from the National Center for Research and Development, with which Adam Bielan assured that he had nothing to do with it, although the journalists of “Czarno na white” found his correspondence, which indicated quite the opposite. When asked about the case, Bielan covered himself with oblivion.
The new parliamentary majority does not hide the fact that the consolidation of the United Right is particularly beneficial to them. – It’s good that the masks fell off. Voters will have no doubt that all the stories that happened with NCBR, with Bielany, with Mejza, are stories that burden not just any couch party, but Law and Justice – emphasizes Anita Kucharska-Dziedzic, MP from the New Left.
For MEP Adam Bielan, formally joining the Law and Justice party may mean a greater chance for another term in Brussels – as President Kaczyński claims – “lying in wait for Polish sovereignty”. However, according to commentators, the fate of the more controversial MPs is not so certain. – What if Jarosław Kaczyński decides to get rid of him (Mejzy – editor’s note) at some point, but leave the remaining “Bielanists”? Scenarios can be very different – points out Tomasz Żołciak, journalist of “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”.
Jarosław Kaczyński has taken over MPs from coalition parties several times before.
Main photo source: PAP/Andrzej Lange