The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) decision to field national spokesperson Tarun Vijay for a Rajya Sabha seat from Uttarakhand has caused heartburn and mud raking in the party.
BJP national executive member Seshadri Chari, who was editor of RSS mouthpiece Organiser for 12 years, has written to BJP President Nitin Gadkari, questioning the move.
“It is very unfortunate that workers who have toiled for Uttarakhand for years are sidelined and a person with no contact with the state has been brought in,” Chari told HT.
Vijay was editor of Organiser’s Hindi counterpart, Panchjanya.
Chari was in charge of the party’s Uttarakhand (then Uttaranchal) affairs from 2004 to 2006.
He levelled other charges against Vijay: “When he was editor of Panchjanya, there were allegations of financial irregularities against him.”
Vijay could not be contacted for comments.
Industrialist Vijay Mallya on Monday filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka as an independent candidate backed by Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular).
The party did not field its candidate because it failed to strike an electoral alliance for the Upper House with the Congress. It is not in a position to get its candidate elected on its own.
“I thank the JD(S) for supporting me,” Mallya said.
Congress leader and Union Industry and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani from the BJP were among six candidates who filed their nomination papers for Rajya Sabha seats on Monday, the last day of filing.
In Rajasthan, retiring Congress MP Santosh Bagrodia filed his nomination as an independent in a move to upset the BJP’s game plan. On its own, the Congress is going to win two seats and will have 34 surplus votes. To get elected to the Rajya Sabha, Bagrodia has to secure at least 41 votes. He is banking on the 34 and the votes of some independents.
From Jharkhand three candidates are in the fray for the two seats in the state. They are JMM-AJSU party nominee and Alchemist Hospitals Group Chairperson Kanwar Depp Singh, (a resident of Chandigarh), Congress-Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P) nominee Dheeraj Prasad Sahu and Ajay Maroo of the BJP-JD(U).
On Saturday JMM chief Sibu Soren gave the ticket to Singh. He had earlier announced the name of Sanjeev Kumar, a lawyer.