Despite a much better show in the recent Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections, all’s not well within the Bahujan Samaj Party's city unit. The murmurs of discontent turned into cries of foul play and it all eventually boiled over on Monday.
The local BSP unit had organised a function to felicitate the successful party candidates in Jaripatka in north Nagpur. Instead, the party workers mercilessly thrashed state BSP president Vilas Garud, who was here to attend the function, for allegedly "selling" party tickets to the NMC poll aspirants.
Twelve BSP candidates were elected in the February 16 municipal elections. Most of the winning candidates hailed from north Nagpur, a pre-dominantly dalit area, of the second capital.
Contrary to the various RPI factions that teamed up with one of the other mainstream parties for the civic elections in the state, the BSP, however, had contested elections alone.
It all began when Garud proceeded to take his seat at the dais. A middle-aged woman party worker, Nanda Naik, stormed the dais along with her supporters and quizzed the BSP boss for denying her a party ticket for the civic elections.
"I have been working for the party for over a decade and I was denied a ticket. How did a newcomer get the party’s nomination? You sold party tickets by keeping the BSP head Mayawati in the dark," an enraged Nanda alleged.
Before Garud could react, he was gheraoed by a group of women and men who beat him black and blue. Garud's supporters too, who came to rescue him, were thrashed by the unruly group. The drama last for over 10 minutes.
Finally supporters of winning candidates reached at the dais and got Garud freed from the unruly mob.
"I was told that a party candidate aspiring to contest on the BSP ticket will have to shell out Rs 3-lakh for the purpose. All the party tickets for the civic polls were sold by Garud and his company by keeping the BSP supremo, Mayawati in the dark," Nanda alleged and demanded that Garud should be removed from the post immediately.
Garud was not available for comments.