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BJP’s Khurana turns lonely 72

In the eighties and nineties, former CM and veteran leader Madan Lal Khurana used to be the most famous mascot of the BJP in the Capital.

delhi Updated: Oct 16, 2008 00:03 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta

In the eighties and nineties, former CM and veteran leader Madan Lal Khurana used to be the most famous mascot of the BJP in the Capital.

Winning ten out of eleven elections he contested in the Capital till 2003, he was one of BJP’s more successful leaders whose mass appeal had translated into votes for the party.

But times have changed and the veteran seems to have fallen out of favour with the leadership. A clear evidence of this was on display on Wednesday when Khurana celebrated his 72nd birthday. Though hundreds of supporters and BJP area councillors thronged his residence to greet him, the party high command kept away, making do with wishing him over the phone.

Party insiders say Khurana’s downfall started after he failed to lead the BJP to victory in the 2003 Assembly polls. He was projected as the BJP’s CM candidate. He, however, won a seat for himself from Moti Nagar constituency.

Between 2005 and 2006 he was expelled from the party twice for criticising the leadership in public and indiscipline. Though he was re-inducted in April 2008, party insiders say he is now clearly out of reckoning. In the run up to the Assembly elections in the Capital in November, Khurana has been completely sidelined by his party which he had nurtured from the 1960s to 2000.