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Rivals show up together

The Bharatiya Janata Party tried to put up a united front by parading its South Delhi nominee Ramesh Bidhuri along with Parvesh Verma, son of late Sahib Singh Verma, before the media on Monday.

delhi Updated: Apr 14, 2009 01:02 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tried to put up a united front by parading its South Delhi nominee Ramesh Bidhuri (46) along with Parvesh Verma (32), son of late Sahib Singh Verma (died at 64 in 2007), before the media on Monday.

Parvesh Verma, who claims to have the support of Jat voters in rural Delhi thanks to his father being a popular Jat leader and a former Delhi CM, had been openly disgruntled with the party for not giving him a ticket for West Delhi seat.

“Parvesh will campaign for me, everywhere I go,” Bidhuri told reporters at the BJP state office as Verma smiled.

Verma, whose supporters had gheraoed Advani’s house a day after announcement of the Delhi candidates a month ago, said he would go anywhere the party needed him.

“The party is like my mother. I will do whatever I am told and never be against the party,” an emotional Verma said while fielding questions on whether his supporters will still back the BJP candidate in West Delhi.

But despite this, the fissures were showing.

For instance, even after specific questions, Verma refused to comment if he would be campaigning for Jagdish Mukhi (66), the BJP candidate from West Delhi. Instead, he chose to be tactfully vague. “I will campaign wherever the party needs me,” he said.

Has Mukhi called him for rallies and campaigning in the rural areas? “No one has called me, I have not called anyone,” he said.