Workers sore as saffron party fields ‘weak’ candidates

  • Dev Sarup Mathur, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2014 14:23 IST

Resentment prevails among the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Ambala City and Mullana (reserved) assembly segments over the distribution of tickets for the assembly polls.

In protest against ticket to Asseem Goyal from the City segment, former MLA and BJP state secretary Jasbir Mallur along with 50 office-bearers from urban and rural mandals have resigned from their posts and in Mullana. Three mandal pradhans Krishan Rana, Jasmer Rana and Subhash Sharma have also resigned from the posts after the party fielded an outsider, Santosh Sarwan.

Sources said protests marches were held at Barara, Mullana and Saha on Monday, where slogans were raised against MP Rattan Lal Kataria, state BJP chief Ram Bilas Sharma and party leader Anil Vij.

Ticket aspirants, including Mange Ram Panjal, Gian Chand Adhoya and Sanjeev Chaudhary, have opened a joint front against the party leadership.

In a largely attended meeting near the residence of Jasbir Mallur, speakers flayed the party decision and served an ultimatum on the leadership to change the decision by September 26 otherwise Mallur would file papers as a rebel candidate on September 27.

Addressing party workers, Mallur alleged that it was a conspiracy between Rattan Lal Kataria and Ram Bilas Sharma to give advantage to Venod Sharma who would be Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP) candidate from here. He added that it was ironic that the party has not given ticket to any Jat candidate from north Haryana.

In the 2009 elections, Mallur’s wife Charanjit Kaur was SAD candidate from the City and had given tough fight to then Congress candidate Venod Sharma.

Sources said the decision has also not gone down well with other ticket aspirants former MLAs Veena Chibber, Fakir Chand Aggarwal, Sanjay Sharma and Sandeep Sachdeva but they have not aired their dissent yet.

In Mullana, Panjal and Adhoya lamented that for the past two decades they have been working hard for building the party and had tireless worked during the recent parliament elections to ensure the victory of Kataria.

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