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Shanta skips crucial BJP meet

The Himachal Pradesh unit of BJP on Friday postponed the announcement of its second list of candidates for Assembly elections after party vice-president Shanta Kumar skipped a meeting of top leaders and issued a statement where he accused some partymen of clamouring for party tickets.

The Himachal Pradesh unit of BJP on Friday postponed the announcement of its second list of candidates for Assembly elections after party vice-president Shanta Kumar skipped a meeting of top leaders and issued a statement where he accused some partymen of clamouring for party tickets.

Shanta failed to turn up at a meeting attended by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,BJP’s Himachal-in-charge Kalraj Mishra,General Secretary J P Nadda to discuss the remaining 23 tickets.

In a statement issued from Palampur,Shanta alleged that “selfish and overambitious” party leaders were clamouring for tickets and indulging in ‘foeticide’ of budding young leaders. “People have lost their faith in politicians and if this trend continues,politics will become a gang of ambitious self seekers,” he said.

Shanta expressed his anguish over the bitter fight for tickets for the assembly polls. Shanta also a minister of getting some cases filed against own partymen while protecting another person facing charges of sexual abuse.

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Though Shanta did not name anybody,sources said,the statement pertains to Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ravinder Ravi’s efforts to seek ticket from Jawalamukhi constituency,currently represented by Food and Supplies Minister Ramesh Dhawala.

Ravi’s Thural constituency was scrapped by the Delimitation Commission and he,sources said,told the party seniors to shift Dhawala to Dehra constituency so that he may contest from Jawalamukhi. Dhumal has supported his claim on the grounds that major parts of Thural are now merged in Jawalamukhi constituency,while Dhawala’s native areas are now a part of Dehra Assembly seat. Dhawala,considered close to Shanta,has opposed the move.

Contacted,Shanta said,“I issued the statement as I am upset and hurt over the way tickets are being distributed.”

The veteran leader said that he had spoken to Dhawala and held discussions with other partymen from Jawalamukhi. “There is no scope for Dhawala shifting to any other constituency,” he said.

On his not attending the core committee meeting,Shanta said,“I am unwell for past few days and resting at Palampur on doctor’s advice”.