Unlike BJP wherein dissidence broke out after announcement of candidates, supporters of ticket-seekers in the Congress party began expressing their anguish against ticket distribution.
Scores of the supporters of former Congress MLAs Heera Singh Bisht and Sadhuram protested at the party headquarter on Thursday morning and demanded ticket for their respective leaders. First Sadhuram supporters reached party office and began shouting slogans in support of their leader. Although they did not vent ire against any other party leader but raised slogans demanding that former Sadhuram be nominated from Rajpur assembly constituency.
Sadhuram’s supporters protested amid rumour that their leader’s nomination is likely to be turned down by the party leadership on Thursday’s high level meeting in Delhi that was underway at 10 Janpath. They claimed that Sadhuram deserved the ticket as he was a strong backward community leader and had sizable support base of Dalit voters in the reserved constituency. According to party insiders, sitting MCD councilor Rajkumar is likely to be nominated from Rajpur.
Similar demand was raised in favour of former state cabinet minister Heera Singh Bisht. Several supporters of Bisht led by the former Dehradun city women Congress president Mamta Gurang staged a sit-in at party office and shouted slogans in support of their leader.
Bisht supporters alleged that news about ticket denial to their leader would not do justice to him.
Demanding ticket from Raipur assembly segment Bisht supporters claimed that their leader has strong support base in this constituency and was in position to give run for his money to the BJP candidate.
Interestingly, party’s fence-sitters claimed that the two protests were indicators of broader picture of protests and dissidence in the party. They said that this election was bound to witness intensive protests and agitations by the have-nots after finalisation of nominations.