Expressing hope that rebel BJP leader Swaran Salaria will not contest as an Independent from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, party's senior leader and Amritsar nominee Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the party leadership is in touch with Salaria and talks are on to pacify him.
Jaitley said, "Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar and Punjab party chief Kamal Sharma are in regular touch with Salaria and we are hopeful that he will abide by the party's decision (to nominate former Bolywood actor Vinod Khanna from Gurdapur)".
Salaria, who was demanding ticket from Gurdaspur, was upset after the party decided to give ticket to Khanna, who had lost to state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa in 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
CONDEMNS ATTACK ON KEJRIWAL
Meawhile, Jaitley criticised the 'attack' on AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi and said, "I feel this is a very wrong trend that has emerged in Indian politics."
"This is no way to show your anger. If you are unhappy with some leader, don't vote for the person or stage a protest. But hitting someone is very unfortunate", he added.