Dissenters openly worked against party in polls: Dhankar
Three days after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made a spectacular performance in the state by winning 7 out of 8 seats contested by the party, Om Prakash Dhankar, the lone saffron party nominee who lost in the state from Rohtak, has accused some party leaders of anti-party activities.chandigarh Updated: May 19, 2014 21:18 IST
Three days after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made a spectacular performance in the state by winning 7 out of 8 seats contested by the party, Om Prakash Dhankar, the lone saffron party nominee who lost in the state from Rohtak, has accused some party leaders of anti-party activities.
Dhankar, who, despite being polled 3.1 lakh votes lost to Deepender Hooda, said this during a press conference at party headquarters here on Monday.
Supporters of former BJP MLA Naresh Malik, who was among front-runners for the ticket from Rohtak, had staged a protest outside party headquarters after Dhankar was announced a candidate in March.
He said that dissenters' activities aimed at to spoil his (Dhankar) poll prospects were no secret as they did it openly. "Dissenters back-stabbed in the open and it is the responsibility of party high command to rein in such elements," he said.
On his promise to implement the MS Swaminathan report for farmers, Dhankar, who is also the national president of BJP Kisan Morcha, said that the promise would be fufilled by NDA government on priority basis. He said that he hoped to see it becoming a reality before state faces assembly polls due by October so that they should go to electorate with their performance card.
On BJP national spokesperson Capt Abhimanyu's recent statement that if Dhankar had focussed more on publicity, he could have trounced Congress candidate, he said that had Capt Abhimanyu supported him, he would have surely bridged that gap also.
On the question of contesting upcoming state assembly polls on the pre-decided seat sharing formula with its ally Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), he said that since the political scenario had changed with saffron party leading in 52 assembly constituencies, the decision would be reconsidered in the review meeting of the party.
Notably, HJC lost both seats -Kuldeep Bishnoi lost to INLD candidate Dushyant Chautala in Hisar and Sushil Indora lost to INLD's Charanjit Singh Rori in Sirsa.