The number of rebels from the Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be growing every passing day as the municipal elections close in.
Senior leaders have reportedly issued show-cause notices to approximately 70 rebel candidates,asking them to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.
The list has been prepared in consultation with the current candidates,who named the individuals that pose a threat to their candidature.
We have tried to talk to the dissidents,but to no avail. We have sent show-cause notices to those who are supporting rebel candidates. We have asked them to explain their actions, said V K Malhotra,Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly.
Delhi-BJP chief Vijendra Gupta,meanwhile,denied that any such step has been taken against the rebels. The rebels were asked to not indulge in anti-party activities. Yet they continued, said a BJP source.
Earlier too,the BJP had expelled 14 party members as they either fielded their spouses or stood as independents. Gupta said seven partys sitting candidates are expelled from party for next six years,meaning they will not be able to contest the next municipal elections on BJP ticket.