BJP replaces Haridwar LS candidate on VHP demand
Acceding to a Vishwa Hindu Parishad demand, BJP dropped its declared candidate from Haridwar constituency and announced a Hindu monk as its official candidate.delhi Updated: Mar 21, 2009 19:23 IST
Acceding to a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) demand, BJP on Saturday dropped its declared candidate from Haridwar constituency and announced a Hindu monk as its official candidate.
"The party has made a small change in its list of candidates for Uttarakhand. Swami Yatindranand Giri would be our candidate instead of Madan Kausik," the party's office secretary Shyam Jaju told PTI.
Kausik is a minister in the Uttarakhand government of BJP.
According to sources, VHP leaders, including Ashok Singhal, had recently led a delegation to party leader LK Advani, demanding that the Haridwar seat be left for "sadhus and saints".