Infighting continues,pictures of Goel,Gadkari missing from stage banner

The mood at Modi’s second outing,in Dwarka on Saturday,however,proved that all is not well with the party.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: November 24, 2013 12:59:42 am

In late September,at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s first rally in Delhi after being declared the BJP’s PM candidate,the party Delhi unit put up a united front to allay all talks of infighting in the ranks.

The mood at Modi’s second outing,in Dwarka on Saturday,however,proved that all is not well with the party.

The banner in the backdrop of the stage had BJP’s CM candidate Harsh Vardhan and Modi sharing space with 12 other candidates for Delhi Assembly polls. Conspicuous in their absence were the pictures of Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel and Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari.

Sources in the party said the photographs on the banner were selected after much deliberation and it had upset Goel. A senior party leader,who was part of the organising committee,said the reason for omitting Goel’s picture was to give more focus to candidates.

“Only faces of those who have to approach voters were given prominence. Voters should know them by face,” a senior leader said.

Another leader said not having Goel’s picture in the banner will send a wrong message to the public and the party cadre. “Gadkari and Goel should have been on the banner,” he said.

In Modi’s rally in September,the party had worked hard to project a united front. But this time round,cadres in the field complained of neglect. “Party office-bearers of West Delhi were upset as they had been neglected and those close to senior leaders were given a chance to speak at the rally. Neera Shastri,a descendant of Lal Bahadur Shastri,addressed the gathering. She has been missing from party’s functioning for so many years and has now addressed the gathering. When we who have been engaged in making preparations for the rally,demanded a chance to speak,we were told that only candidates will speak,” a senior leader said.

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