MLA’s arrest rattles BJP,Goel says ‘misunderstanding’

His party rattled by the arrest of MLA Kulwant Rana on a complaint filed by a colleague,Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel on Thursday tried to play down the spat,saying “there has been a misunderstanding between Rana and Karan Singh and they have sorted out matters”.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: April 25, 2013 1:49 am

His party rattled by the arrest of MLA Kulwant Rana on a complaint filed by a colleague,Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel on Thursday tried to play down the spat,saying “there has been a misunderstanding between Rana and Karan Singh and they have sorted out matters”.

It is learnt that Singh and his supporters had come to the BJP office on Thursday. “There were posters against the BJP MLA… these were to be pasted but it was stopped,” a party source said.

Rana,BJP MLA from Rithala,was arrested and sent to judicial custody on Monday after he surrendered in court following a non-bailable warrant against him for an alleged casteist remark. The NBW was issued since Rana failed to appear in court during earlier hearings of the case filed against him by fellow BJP member Karan Singh.

Singh,BJP’s Kisan Morcha member,filed an FIR against Rana on January 24 alleging that the MLA had slapped him and made casteist remarks against him during the announcement of results of a local body election.

BJP leaders fear that this spat and a legislator being sent to jail for an alleged casteist remark is the last thing they need in an election year in Delhi. With 13 reserved assembly seats and sizeable SC/ST votes across Delhi,the BJP thinks they have handed an election issue to the Congress and BSP.

This row over caste remarks comes at a time when BJP has been going all out to reach voters from the marginalised communities.

On the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar,BJP organised a mass meal attended by all senior leaders. They promised to pay the tuition fee of Dalit students and pledged to motivate party workers to employ Dalits.

In the existing House,BJP has only two of the 12 reserved seats.

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