Displeased with the list of candidates brought out by the BJP, at least 70-100 party workers resigned from the party on Monday.
Party workers resigned en masse at Shahdara, Patparganj, Dilshad Garden and Kerawal Nagar. In these areas, entire mandals consisting of 15-20 members have resigned. A few councillors and important leaders also chose to disconnect themselves from the party.
“Workers are unhappy as sitting councillors have been ignored even in wards where there has been no change in the status due to reservation,” said a senior BJP official.
Councillors Prabha Singh from New Ashok Nagar and Indu Jain from Raghuvar Pura have resigned as they were not given tickets by the party despite there being no change in their wards.
In Mukherjee Nagar, the BJP decided to field present mayor Rajni Abbi despite the ward no longer being reserved for women. This miffed a senior BJP leader and secretary Narender Tandon who submitted his resignation.
In Dilshad Garden, BJP workers were angry with the fact that Swathi Gupta, the candidate, did not even live in the area. “She is a leader’s wife. Workers feel a much better candidate could have been fielded,” said a BJP leader.
Subhash Kohli, former councillor from Mayur Vihar Phase I resigned too, as he did not get a ticket from the area.
Only last week, as soon as some names of candidates started doing the rounds, unhappy with the ticket selection all the office bearers of Sonia Vihar had resigned from the party as soon.
More party workers are expected to resign in the coming few days that may have an impact on BJP’s chances of winning in this election.