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BJP, Congress looking to 'manage' rebels

With nominations for polls coming to an end, BJP and Congress are looking at ways to persuade rebels to withdraw from the contest.
PTI | By Indo-Asian News Service, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2004 01:08 PM IST

With nominations for parliamentary elections in Rajasthan coming to an end, both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are looking at ways to persuade rebels to withdraw from the contest.

Both parties are anxious to appease the rebels and get them back into the party fold to avert the damage they can cause in the May 5 election.

Discontent over the distribution of party tickets has swelled the ranks of the rebels. Some have promptly joined smaller parties.

The BJP is facing problems in Dausa seat, where Rohitashav Sharma, a former party legislator, is contesting on an Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) ticket.

Sharma had opposed the BJP decision to field Kartar Singh Bhadana, a former minister in Om Prakash Chautala's Haryana government, because the party workers considered him an outsider.

Similarly, the Congress has problems on Jhunjhunu constituency where Ayub Khan, a former Congress MP, is contesting on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket.

The party is trying to persuade him to withdraw in favour of Seesram Ola of the Congress. He faces a stiff challenge from BJP's Santosh Ahlawat.

In Pali Meetha, Lal Jain, after being denied a ticket by the Congress, is contesting as a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) nominee.

Jain is expected to cause problems to Congress candidate Surendra Surana. The BJP has fielded Push Jain from here.

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