Rebellion seems to be brewing in the Bharatiya Janata Party, with party MLAs, who aspire to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, fearing that they may be barred from contesting the general election.
Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan on Monday said while the decision to allow MLAs to contest the general elections lay with the party’s parliamentary board, he personally believed that they should not be contesting the upcoming polls.
As a result, MLAs who aspire to become MPs have started opposing the notion.
A senior BJP MLA warned that the consequences would be serious if BJP actually barred the MLAs from contesting the Lok Sabha polls.
“BJP had decided to ban councillors from fighting the Assembly elections, and as a result, it lost. The party should give tickets to those who can win seats and not tie itself with rules that will hurt its chances in the Lok Sabha polls,” the MLA said.
Senior leaders said Harsh Vardhan’s personal opinion about not allowing the MLAs to contest the elections had come at a crucial time — when the capital is under the President’s rule and the BJP is expecting to form the government after the Lok Sabha polls.
Another MLA who is also demanding a Lok Sabha ticket said the decision to bar MLAs from general elections would face stiff opposition from cadres. “The party does not belong to one person and we will ensure that everyone who is willing to contest the polls will be able to compete to get a ticket,” the MLA said.
BJP leaders also informed that the present unit may see some changes as the RSS points man in Delhi is likely to replace several state office bearers.
Meanwhile, after returning from Hong Kong, Harsh Vardhan conducted a meeting of all MLAs and other leaders. All party members have been asked to step up the election campaign.
“Your progress in making ‘one note one vote’ has been monitored closely. Each one of you should go to every house in your locality and ensure that the members vote,” Harsh Vardhan told the leaders at the meeting.