Parties try to appease rebels

With many of BJP and Congress councillors deciding to go ‘independent’,after the political parties denied them tickets for the upcoming municipal elections,senior leaders are trying hard to appease the ‘rebels’.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2012 1:45:45 am

With many of BJP and Congress councillors deciding to go ‘independent’,after the political parties denied them tickets for the upcoming municipal elections,senior leaders are trying hard to appease the ‘rebels’.

Congress state president J P Aggarwal said the party leaders are in the process of holding talks with the rebel candidates. He confirmed that promises are being made to compensate those who are left out of the party ticket list.

BJP state president Vijender Gupta also acknowledged that rebel workers could hurt the party’s chances of victory this elections.

“We are in the talks with those who are upset with the party. We hope to make amends. They are valuable to the party,” said Gupta.

The rebellion in the party came to the fore after Jagdish Mamgain,former chairman of Works Committee,resigned from his primary membership of the party.

Mamgain alleged that state leaders were promoting “corrupt” and “dubious” people at the cost of genuine workers. In his letter to BJP national president Nitish Gadkari,he alleged that tickets were sold and genuine workers were neglected.

“There are serious charges of sale of party tickets to tainted peoples or their family members at the cost of genuine party activists. Pradesh president’s wife and relative have emerged as parallel political centre in city BJP. Honest and mass party councillors have (been) shown the door. It’s (the) first time that Rapid Action Force and police has to be called against party activists,” he said.

His resignation came a day after a few of the sitting councillors filed nominations as independents. Among the BJP sitting councillors who have filed their nomination as independent candidates are Prabha Singh,Harish Awasthi,Vijay Pandit’s wife (who is fielded by another party),Rajesh Yadav and Sudesh Kumar Bhasin.

Mayor Rajni Abbi will be facing state BJP secretary Narender Tandon,who chose to file nomination against her in Mukherjee Nagar ward.

Former block president Vijay Gupta will be contesting against the Congress candidate from Pitampura-South.

In Rani Bagh,former Congress worker Jagdish Arora would be contesting. Other rebels from Congress are Narendra Sharma in Karol Bagh and Rohtash Bidhuri,who is now a BSP candidate.

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