Despite consistent efforts from the party high command to pacify its workers who are agitated over the allotment of party ticket for Kaithal seat to Rao Surender Singh, the rebellion in district Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is escalating.
Ravi Bhushan Garg -- president of the NGO cell of state BJP -- who was one of the strong contenders for the ticket, broke his silence and demanded change of candidate at a press conference here on Wednesday.
He warned that if the candidate was not changed by 2 pm on September 26, he would announce his next decision by 3 pm. He said he might quit the BJP and join some other party or contest as an Independent.
He said the party had done gross injustice by allotting the ticket to a person who had been campaigning as a Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) candidate for the past several weeks and had joined the party on the day of the ticket allotment itself.
He said his 34-year association with the BJP had been ignored in the process. “People are laughing at us for this kind of ridiculous ticket allotment. This showed that the party no more has respect for an ideology,” Garg said, adding that the party had committed his “political murder”.
Garg said he had contested the last two assembly elections on BJP ticket though circumstances were not favourable for the party at that time. However, now that the party was in a position to win, it has decided to field a turncoat who was abusing BJP till a few hours before the ticket allotment. Garg said even though he had not made his dissent public so far, he had some straight talk with Kurukshetra MP Rajkumar Saini when he met him here on Sunday.
“Saini told me that he had requested the high command to give Kaithal ticket to some member of the Aggarwal community; but now as the decision has been taken, every member should respect the decision of the high command,” said Garg, adding that there was no question of respecting such a decision and that he and his supporters would oppose it in every possible way.
Meanwhile, the efforts of Rajkumar Saini to pacify Suresh Garg, another unsuccessful ticket seeker, too, have failed so far. The MP reportedly met him last night and urged him to support Rao, but he refused to budge from his stand. Saini is reported to be in touch with other senior BJP leaders who had tried to seek party ticket for Kaithal seat, but his efforts have not yielded much result so far as they continue to vent their anger publically.
Meanwhile, according to sources, Rao Surender Singh has been trying hard to garner support of the BJP workers through mediators, but has not met with much success.