A sulking Katiyar gives in
A RELUCTANT and sulking Vinay Katiyar today yielded to the mounting pressure of senior BJP leaders, and agreed to become a ?sacrificial goat? in the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-election.india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 01:11 IST
A RELUCTANT and sulking Vinay Katiyar today yielded to the mounting pressure of senior BJP leaders, and agreed to become a ‘sacrificial goat’ in the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-election.
Katiyar has virtually been forced by the party to fight the battle of ballot against formidable Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli where Sonia’s victory is a forgone conclusion. Interestingly, even after repeated refusal of Katiyar to contest the Lok Sabha election, the party had to go for himin the absence of any other candidate in the entire party to take on Sonia in her ‘home turf’.
Unhappy over the unilateral announcement, Katiyar rushed to Varanasi soon to have a talk with party president Rajnath Singh.
Katiyar, who was on way to Varanasi, told Hindustan Times on phone that he would not say anything without discussing the issue with Rajnath Singh. He, however, later switched off his mobile.
However, by the time Katiyar reached Varanasi, Rajnath Singh had already announced his name as the party nominee from Rae Bareli asking the party workers to reach Rae Bareli on April 20 when Katiyar is expected to file papers.
It may be recalled that Katiyar, who was recently elected in the biennial Rajya Sabha election, has not been interested to contest against Sonia. His name was earlier floated and later dropped following his plain refusal to contest.
According to the BJP sources, the party had assured Katiyar that there would be no dearth of funds and that it was ready to bear all the election-related expenditure.
Meanwhile, BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi welcomed the decision to field Katiyar and said that various national issues would decide the Rae Bareli election. Sonia today stood exposed, he observed expressing confidence that people would get an opportunity to get rid of the monopoly of the Nehru-Gandhi family in the election.