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Union Human Resources Minister Smriti Irani, who came to Jalandhar to attend the foundation day of a private university near the city, faced boycott by the office bearers of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) district unit at the local Circuit House. They protested against the recent appointment of Manish Vij as the district president of the unit. She then left hurriedly to catch the train for New Delhi, leaving the workers high and dry who had been waiting for hours.
Talking to The Indian Express, a senior BJP leader on condition of anonymity, informed that Irani reached Circuit House at 5.30 pm and left within 10 minutes as she was to catch the New Delhi-bound evening Shatabdi Express. During her presence, all the 48 office bearers said that they will boycott all the BJP programmes till the district president was not changed, while alleging that a district president should be from the BJYM unit, not the sports unit of the party as is the case with Vij.
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The assembled BJP leaders, including the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Punjab BJP president, Vijay Sampla, honoured Irani. Notably, it was Sampla only who had appointed Vij as the BJYM district chief amidst vehement opposition by the office bearers. Irani was to take meeting to boost the morale of party leaders ahead of assembly elections.