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BJP stalwarts try hard to reap 'Tandoor' verdict

The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to make the conviction of former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma in the tandoor case an election issue, writes Chetan Chauhan in Poll Diary.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2003 13:16 IST

The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to make the conviction of former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma in the tandoor case an election issue. After Delhi BJP chief Madan Lal Khurana, it is the turn of the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jagdish Mukhi and Leader of the Opposition in the MCD Subhash Arya to demand the dealth penalty for Sharma. They will lead a procession to the Tis Hazari courts on Wednesday where the sentencing will be done. The BJP has also advised the Delhi Congress to start calling itself ‘Tandoor Congress’.

Vaish aspirations

Unlike in earlier eelctions when the Vaish (business) community helped others get tickets, this year, the number of Vaishes seeking tickets for themselves seems to have gone up. In the Congress in fact, the Vaish community has formed several organisations to seek a quota for the business community.

Queer claims

Some people can get really desperate for an election ticket. And they will go to any lengths, and present the most absurd of claims, in favour of their candidatures. Sample these: A Congress worker wants the Shakurpur ticket because (he claims) his family “kept” a fixed deposit made by Delhi’s first chief minister, Brahm Prakash. A BJP worker wants a ticket on “compassionate grounds”: his family members were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Then there are those who want the ticket because members of their castes make up a certain percentage of the population in their constituencies. And of course, there are the usual suspects: people who want tickets because (they say) they are the brothers or nephews of this or that big leader of the Congress or BJP.

First Published: Nov 05, 2003 14:10 IST