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Four BJP defectors fail to get Congress ticket

Four out of 14 BJP MLAs who defected from the party and joined the Congress were denied tickets for the coming Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2003 19:06 IST

Four out of 14 BJP MLAs who defected from the party and joined the Congress have failed to be nominated as candidates for the December 1 Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh.

The four who defected from BJP and who have now been denied a Congress ticket for the Assembly elections include Sohan Lal, Rani Ratnamala and Paresh Agarwal.

At the time of his defection, Sohan Lal had said that he was leaving BJP as the party had threatened that he would not be given a ticket for the Assembly polls.

Paresh Agarwal was made a personal assistant to the Chief Minister, Ajit Jogi with cabinet status but for his Bagbahara constituency, the Congress ticket has been given to Bhikha Ram Sahu whom he had defeated in November 1998.

The moral of this is that defection does not necessarily pay for someone hoping to contest the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh.

Jogi had earlier announced that all defectors would be given Congress tickets for the assembly polls but later said that candidate's ability to win would be the main factor in the selection.

First Published: Nov 14, 2003 21:24 IST