With the name of union railway minister and local member of Parliament, Pawan Kumar Bansal, embroiled in a bribery case following the arrest of his nephew Vijay Singla, the top local BJP leaders are trying hard to exploit the situation to see their political aspirations come true, especially ahead of the 2014 parliamentary elections.
The three top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders -local BJP chief Sanjay Tandon, two time former MP Satya Pal Jain and one time former MP Harmohan Dhawan - are in an overdrive and competing with each other to pin down the railway minister.
On Sunday, Jain and Dhawan held separate press conferences on the same issue. Tandon had organised a protest rally against railgate scam on Saturday outside the BJP office in Sector 33.
As of now, the BJP in Chandigarh has veterans like Satya Pal Jain, who had been the Lok Sabha MP twice. Sanjay Tandon too has emerged stronger over the years and currently is the head of the local unit of the party since 2010. Under his leadership, the BJP managed to get 12 seats in Chandigarh municipal corporation elections held in 2011.
Dhawan, on the other hand, joined the BJP in 2010 after leaving Bahujan Samaj Party. Dhawan's strongest point is his following in city's slums and colonies. Dhawan has been trying to find a political foothold for the past two decades by joining one party after another. He had represented the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat in 1999 as a Samajwadi Janata Party candidate and became the union civil aviation minister.
He is son of veteran BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon. He was appointed the BJP's Chandigarh unit chief in 2010. Under his leadership, the party managed to bag 12 seats in the Chandigarh municipal corporation elections held in 2011.
Satya Pal Jain
He has represented the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat twice. Four times he was a BJP candidate from Chandigarh parliamentary constituency in the years 1991, 1996, 1998 and 2004. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 (11th Lok Sabha) and 1998 (12th Lok Sabha).
He has changed at least six parties in his political career since 1984 when he came into politics. Before joining BJP, he was associated with Janata Dal, Indian National Lok Dal, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party. He also launched his own party Chandigarh Vikas Manch.