Heated arguments were witnessed at the BJP office,on Friday,during the first visit of the incharge of the party for Chandigarh after the elections of the Municipal Corporation. Party leaders and workers expressed their resentment at the manner in which the distribution of tickets was done by the party leadership. It was further contended that the party lost the chance to win more seats and have its own Mayor in the city due to the manner in which tickets were distributed.
Prior to the polls in December,BJP prepared a list of candidates who were to be given tickets,but changed it just a day later. Some of the candidates who had been denied a ticket in the second list then decided to contest as Independents. Party workers alleged that this led to a division of votes which benefited the Congress.
The factionalism in the party due to the three heavyweights in the BJP Sanjay Tandon,Harmohan Dhawan and Satya Pal Jain seeking tickets for their supporters was also highlighted. Party workers stated that factionalism had to be dealt with if they wanted to stand a chance of winning.
The BJP incharge (Chandigarh) and MP Saroj Pandey held meetings with senior leaders,office bearers as well as the newly elected councillors of the party. Later in the day an open house was held where party workers expressed their views. The BJP-SAD alliance bagged 12 seats in the civic body polls. While the party defeated several Congress heavyweights,it lost seats to the rebels candidates. One of the leaders told Pandey that the party could have bagged more than 20 seats if the distribution of tickets had been done properly.