BJP exploring ‘neutral’ name for Chandigarh unit president post

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2015 10:18 IST

As the infighting in the Chandigarh unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues, the central leadership of the party is considering floating a name for city unit president post, for which the four senior party leaders should reach a consensus.

In case, the four leaders are not able to reach consensus, the party leadership will itself finalise a name of a person from local unit, said sources in the party.

The leadership is exploring on finalising a ‘neutral’ name which would be acceptable to the different groups within the BJP.

To date, the evident groups in the local BJP are led by former MP Satya Pal Jain, former Union minister Harmohan Dhawan, present president of local unit Sanjay Tandon and MP Kirron Kher. The crisis within the local unit deepened after a clash between supporters of Tandon and Dhawan during the election for the post of district number 3 president. Dhawan, Jain, former party presidents Dharampal Gupta and Yashpal Mahajan also held a meeting in this regard.

A detailed report and series of complaints pertaining to the functioning of the local unit were also sent to the party high command. It was highlighted that unfair practices were being indulged into for conducting the internal polls of the party.

To add to the ongoing unrest in the local BJP, two audio clips were released one after another in the past two days.

On Sunday, an audio clip of a telephonic conversation between BJP general secretary-cum-election in-charge for Chandigarh Prem Kaushik and former BJP colony cell convener Dalip Sharma was shared on the WhatsApp and circulated to the media.

In the first audio clip, Kaushik, is claiming that he is aware of the wrong practices going on within the party during the internal polls, but cannot do much about it. On Monday, another audio clip was leaked in which Kaushik is again talking to Sharma over the phone and this time asking Sharma why he leaked the conversation.

Kaushik is saying “I know what I said and it is correct. But you should have used it in a correct manner by sending it to the right person in the high command, despite of circulating it in the media.” The audios clips were released at a time when veteran leader Harmohan Dhawan and some of the former party presidents had already raised questions over the conduct of unfair polls by Sanjay Tandon.

The elections started about 20 days back and will continue till another 10 days. Following the complaints, Avinash Rai Khanna, all India election in-charge constituted a three-member committee Ramvir Bhatti, Raghbir Arora, BK Sood to look into the process and send a report.

Meanwhile, Tandon said, “Whosoever becomes the president, I will extend the full support. Efforts are being made to malign me. The election incharge was chosen by the high command. It is the mistrust not the content of the audio that others are spreading. I advise my party workers to refrain from such acts.”

The party president is selected by the delegates chosen from the district elections in consultation with the party high command.

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