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Row over polls: Rift in city BJP reaches Delhi

On Tuesday evening, several persons were injured when a clash took place as local party leader Pappu Shukla questioned how the elections could be conducted without giving notice.

A day after a clash at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office ‘Kamlam’ that left several persons injured, senior party leader Harmohan Dhawan has written to BJP leaders in Delhi about alleged discrepancies and ‘one-man show’ during the organisational elections being held.

Dhawan said, “I have written to the BJP national president Amit Shah, All India Election in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna and National General Secretary Ram Lal about how the local president Sanjay Tandon is forcing his will in the elections and it was being conducted in an improper manner.”

On Tuesday evening, several persons were injured when a clash took place as local party leader Pappu Shukla questioned how the elections could be conducted without giving  notice. The elections were being held for the post of president of district number 3. He said that Tandon group was getting the elections conducted in an “arbitrary manner.” The arguments led to a clash.

“Let alone consulting senior party leaders on the election, even the city MP has not been taken into confidence. It is a one-man show. Tandon is just five years old in the party. Booths for the purpose of elections have been formed just by sitting at home,” claimed Dhawan.

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Meanwhile, Sanjay Tandon has sought a report from the Election Observer on the incident. Tandon said, “It is an issue between somebody who has worked throughout for the elections for registering more members and a person who wants a party position without working for it.”

He said, “Some people are just newcomers and are not aware that before contesting, one has to go through a proper procedure – first becoming a primary member and then an active member for the post… This was not being followed.”

City MP Kirron Kher said, “I have got many complaints. People are  upset. The Sanghatan will look into
the matter.”

The rift in the party is likely to have an impact on its prospects in the Mayoral elections in December. Last year, the seat was won by a Congress candidate.