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BJP fissures come to fore

chandigarh Updated: Jan 08, 2015 11:24 IST
Monica Sharma

Voices of dissent are being heard loud and clear against top-level leadership of the BJP.

A day after the party was made to bite the dust in the mayoral polls, the blame game continued within the party in a meeting of the party’s office-bearers at BJP office ‘Kamlam’ in Sector 33 on Wednesday.

Otherwise also, local unit president Sanjay Tandon, MP Kirron Kher and senior party leader Harmohan Dhawan were in the line of fire for displaying little interest in the campaigning of mayoral candidates.

Taking the blame upon themselves, a couple of office-bearers in the meeting said, “We should resign.” They added, “If the party leadership comes forward to take credit of the victory, then they should also take blame for the defeat.”

It was also highlighted that the BJP was not able to deliver in the present MC House for the past three years. The criticism against the party’s top local-level leadership surfaced from the fact that little effort was made to ensure the victory of BJP candidates in the mayoral elections despite the fact that 14 out of 33 councillors, who participated in the elections, were on their side.

A section of the party believed that attempts to take nominated councillors along would had made a substantial difference in the result.
The elections to the this House of the corporation were held three years back and since then the BJP had failed to ensure victory of its mayoral candidates.

Meanwhile, supporters of Tandon questioned the procedure adopted to finalise the name of mayoral candidate Heera Negi. They said even after finalising the name, Kher did not take keen interest in campaigning.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh said, “Even if the candidate for the mayoral polls was not a unanimous choice but Kirron’s loyalist, still the party leaders and councillors should have collectively worked towards her victory.”

Sources in the BJP said some party workers also demanded that councillor Arun Sood be removed from the designation of group leader of the party because of his involvement in the study tour controversy. It was also discussed that the party president should be changed every year.
Negi said, “I lost due to ego tussle within the party. My defeat is defeat of the party workers. Cross voting cannot be ruled out in my case. I was everyone’s candidate, not just the MP’s favourite. When we were 11 in the House, the BJP managed to win two seats in 2013. Now, we are 14 and still we lost.”

Tandon said, “People who are trying to malign the party will be taken to task and strict disciplinary action will be initiated.”
Kirron could not be contacted as she had left for Delhi to attend a function.

Fiery meeting

The meeting at BJP office began at 5 pm and lasted for around three hours. Allegations and counter allegations continued in the meeting. Some councillors also took oath to prove that they voted for the BJP.

Heera Negi alleged that it were the party differences and non-cooperation which led to her defeat. She walked out twice from the meeting.