“A SIN has been committed by the Bharatiya Janata Party while allotting tickets to the candidates in the local bodies elections.” These are not the words of a neglected party leader or a disgruntled worker but of the state incharge of the party and former chief minister Kalyan Singh. He made these remarks while meeting party leaders and workers at Jajmau on way to Khaga.
After the ritual of garlanding him was over, a senior leader of the South City area, voicing his dissatisfaction over the allotment of tickets, said that several senior leaders who had won the election of corporators on the party ticket were denied the tickets. Consoling the complaint, Singh said: “A sin has been committed while distributing tickets” and added that the complaint was genuine.
“However, whatever was to happen had happened. It would be better to work jointly for the atonement of the sin”, advised the former chief minister. While counselling the aggrieved party leaders, Singh spotted the party’s mayoral candidate Ravindra Patni standing in a corner amidst shouting of slogans in support of Singh.
He immediately called Patni and said: “Come, take winning mantra from me.”
Singh said, “Paer chhuo, haath jodo aur chunao jeeto (touch feet, fold hands and win the elections).” However, Singh did not forget to remind Patni that the mantra should not be applied while meeting politicians and leaders but only with voters.
Singh while discussing issues with the party workers and leaders of the city said that the local bodies elections were the background for the coming assembly elections in the State. He said the BJP would get the expected success in the local bodies elections. And the results would prove that how frustrated and upset was the common man over the “corruption-ridden” Samajwadi Party rule in the State.
While moving ahead the former chief minister spotted Rakesh Sonker arriving with garlands. Singh stopped his cavalcade and accepted greetings from Sonker.
Also present on the occasion included former MP Shyam Behari Misra, Satyadeo Pachauri, Tanveer Ahmed Usmani, Dr Diwakar Misra, Surendra Maithani, Anoop Awasthi, Radhey Shyam Pandey and former mayor Sarla Singh.