Youngsters in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp who usually put in their heart and soul during the elections, are working half heartedly this year. Reason: They are unhappy with the minimal representation that the party had given its youth wing.
According to members, only two tickets have been given in their name and even those two candidates are wives of youth BJP members. “One is Radhika Setia from Nangal Raya and the other is Vandana Bhagat from Lajpat Nagar. They are wives of youth BJP leaders Hemant Setia and Sanjeev Bhagat. So technically, real members have been denied a ticket,” said a member.
Some members of the BJP youth wing, which has about 3,000 members, had met Nitin Gadkari, party national president, before the announcement of candidates, and asked for a bigger share.
“We were promised a good number of seats so youth participation would increase,” said another member, adding, “Leaders have now said that they will give us more representation in the next election, but most of us will have reached middle age in the next five years.”
The Congress youth wing, however, claims that it is happy with the 10 tickets it has been given “There has been fair representation of young candidates.,” said Amit Malik, president of Youth Congress.