BJP dissidents rally for suspended rebel MP Sushant
Even as the fate of rebel BJP MP from Kangra Rajan Sushant is almost sealed with the party suspending him last year for his public utterances against the then Prem Kumar Dhumal-led government, the four saffron party dissidents are now rallying behind the vocal leader giving a new twist to the politics in Kangra ahead of the general elections next year.india Updated: May 25, 2013 23:54 IST
Even as the fate of rebel BJP MP from Kangra Rajan Sushant is almost sealed with the party suspending him last year for his public utterances against the then Prem Kumar Dhumal-led government, the four saffron party dissidents are now rallying behind the vocal leader giving a new twist to the politics in Kangra ahead of the general elections next year.
The meeting of four BJP rebels with Sushant recently has spurred all sorts of speculations in the political spheres of the most significant district.
Though the occasion was religious - “Yajna” at Sushant's home - political analysts say the agenda was political. Those who attended the meet included a young leader from Jawali Sanjay Guleria, Bhupender Singh Chauhan from Bhatiyat constituency of Chamba and Suhant's one-time arch rival and former MLA from Nurpur Rakesh Pathania and most interesting a sitting MLA who had been inducted into the Congress as associate member recently.
All four leaders were denied the ticket by the BJP in the assembly elections in 2012. They revolted against the party and played a spoilsport by contesting the elections independently that cost the saffron party power in the state.
Three of them, Pathania, Guleria and Chauhan, losts the election, but ate into the party's vote bank which resulted into defeat of official candidates of the BJP.
On the other hand, Sushant has been under suspension since last year. Known for shooting from the lips, Sushant had been upset with former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. One or the other occasion, Shushant had publicly put the then Dhumal-led government in the dock, only leaving the BJP more embarrassed.
Sushant had floated a forum - Himachal Adhikar Manch - and openly hit out at the BJP government over corruption.
Not only this, he at one time had even sought narco test of Dhumal that hastened the state unit of the party recommend action against him.
Sushant held back his guns near the assembly elections and demanded ticket for his wife, Sudha Sushant from Jawali, but the party refused. Sudha had contested the election as an independent and lost.
With it is predetermined that Sushant will not be getting the party ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections, the rebels may back him as independent candidate.
“Our initial strategy is to pressurise the BJP to take all of us back in the party fold and field one candidate of our choice from the Kangra parliamentary constituency,” said one of the dissidents, adding that the party's decision to deny them was the main cause behind its humiliating defeat in the state.
“If the party refuses, one of us may contest as independent and others would back him. We have a mass base in our respective constituencies and it will affect BJP's prospects,” he said hinting that Sushant is their obvious choice.
First Published: May 25, 2013 23:53 IST