BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi’s poll assistant resigned and returned to the party in a matter of hours on Monday after accusing her of insulting him on “every issue”.
Narendra Tandon, who is said to be the BJP’s campaign manager for Bedi, called his decision to quit the party he has been associated with for the past three decades as emotional and impulsive.
Tandon, who was a member of the party’s student wing ABVP and a general secretary in the Delhi University’s Students Union (DUSU) in the late 1990s, said in his resignation letter that he was hurt by “Bedi’s dictatorial ways”.
“The way she was giving dictation to us had become intolerable. Her associate would insult me on everything. I worked hard for 11 days, but can’t do it anymore.”
Tandon withdrew his resignation later in the day after meeting party chief Amit Shah. “Amitji met me along with (petroleum minister) Dharmendra Pradhan ji. They heard me out ... I got emotional and had sent in the resignation… I will make all efforts for Bedi ji to win. She is our leader,” he said.
The resignation letter exploded on the Delhi election scenario with the Congress and other rivals taking a dig at the BJP and Bedi. “How can those who failed to manage their own personal assistants manage the affairs of Delhi?” asked Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi.
An embarrassed BJP tried to distance itself from Tandon, saying he didn’t have any post in the party and wasn’t managing Bedi’s election campaign.
“He quit in 2013 protesting against the ticket distribution process. He has quit the party at least thrice. People like him should not be taken seriously. We are working hard to ensure victory with a huge majority,” said a senior BJP leader.
Tandon, who has been a member of the party’s state executive, had earlier accused Delhi BJP workers of being interested only in “women and money”.