Turncoats seem to have found favour with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As many as nine out of the 43 candidates declared on Tuesday for the Haryana assembly polls have gone to deserters from either the Congress or the INLD.
Meanwhile, former ally and Haryana Janahit Congress supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi said a number of those who had been overlooked for tickets in the BJP have contacted him for switching over.
Gurgaon BJP president Tejpal Tanwar said, “There is a lot of discontent among party workers and such aspirants who had seriously worked for the party… in the end all should work for the party. We are trying to reason with the disaffected lot.”
Given the caste-break up of the candidatures, the BJP has tried to strike a fair balance between Jat and non-Jat candidates: broadly while close to 16 Jats have got tickets, Baniya and the Punjabi communities follow suit.
While the party has given tickets to seven women it turned down the claims of former MP and currently BJP national general secretary Sudha Yadav from Gurgaon. Three sitting MLAs have been repeated including legislature party leader Anil Vij from Ambala Cantonment. The other two are Kavita Jain from Sonipat and Ghanshyam Sarraf from Bhiwani.
Three former INLD leaders Balwant Singh, Krishna Panwar and Shamsher Kharkhara have been fielded from Sadhaura, Israna and Meham, respectively.
Some Brahman leaders expressed unhappiness with BJP’s decision to overlook the community for the Badshahpur and Gurgaon seats.