Jhabak faces an uphill task in Sardarpura
The Bharatiya Janata Party is finding it difficult to mobilise workers and even some of the senior leaders for the party's candidate against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.india Updated: Nov 17, 2003 18:44 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party is finding it difficult to mobilise workers and even some of the senior leaders for the party's candidate against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The party has fielded Mahendra Jhabak, a chartered accountant and a new face for the party workers here. He had filed the nomination papers on November 12 along with some of his supporters. A good orator and an expert in financial matters, Jhabak is said to have the backing of Union Finance Minister Jaswant Singh Jasol and is supported by the erstwhile royal family of Marwar.
But what he is missing is the support of party workers. Though the BJP is planning to hold a public meeting of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee next week besides that of other noted personalities, for Jhabak, the real task for him would be to gain support within the party.
The BJP is already struggling to pacify its rank and file due to the rebellious candidates.
Several BJP leaders including former minister Mishri Lal have raised their voice against the party’s candidate from Bilara assembly constituency in Jodhpur district. These leaders have demanded that the BJP's candidate from the Bilara constituency, Ram Narayan Dudi, who has been given the ticket just because he is ‘close’ to Jaswant Singh, be dropped and some other person be instead fielded.