Loads of discontent and a general air of anguish among ticket aspirants and their supporters is giving Chhattisgarh’s BJP leadership sleepless nights on the face for the first phase of polling on November 11 this year.
While the quantum of discontent was somewhat subdued during announcement of the first list of the party’s candidates, the second list released by the party’s Central Election Committee on Sunday midnight has turned the wheel full circle.A number of popular ticket aspirants in their constituencies who have been denied a chance to contest polls in the second list have now come out openly against the decision of the BJP’s State Election Committee with a warning to go it alone in the polls as ‘Independents’ against party’s chosen candidates.
The biggest worry had emanated for the party’s leadership from Chief Minister Raman Singh’s home district Kawardha where Parliamentary Secretary Dr Siyaram Sahu who after being denied a party ticket openly revolted saying he has been ‘deceived’ by the party leadership.
Sahu who blurted out that injustice had been done to him even while he worked for the party in the region while the ticket was offered to the Vice President of Kawardha Nagar Palika Ashok Sahu .
Similarly, Rajiv Agrawal who was a ticket aspirant from the Khallari seat has already indicated to contest polls as an Independent candidate after being denied a party ticket.
In the Pandaria seat, a revolt had erupted among the party workers for offering a ticket to Motiram Chandravanshi while in Mahasamund former President of the Mahasamund Nagarpalika Vimal Chopra came out against party’s decision to offer a ticket to former Minister Poonam Chandrakar.
In Dhamtari, a section of the party workers have come out against former MLA Inder Chopra. In Raipur, BJP State Vice President Sachchidanand Upasane who was denied a ticket to contest from Raipur (North) stated that atleast four political parties are in touch with him to offer a ticket.
What came as a body blow to the party in the entire rebellion drama was that only a day before release of the second list of candidates, Karuna Shukla, niece of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee resigned from the primary membership of the party alleging she was increasingly being sidelined by the State party leadership.
Overall, the party has already commenced a ‘damage control’ exercise with BJP National Vice President and In-charge of Chhattisgarh J P Nadda saying that he is willing to hold talks with the rebels to calm tempers for making them agree to working for the party in the polls.
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