Audio Clips, Letter To Party Chief Expose Growing Discord In Bjp | Shimla News – Times of India


SHIMLA: BJP’s dream to repeat the government in Himachal Pradesh can be shattered as many leaders are alleging “sabotage” in the polls. As all wait for the declaration of assembly election results on December 8, audio clips and a letter have emerged, hinting at intense factionalism within the party.
According to highly placed sources in BJP, the presence of rebels in the elections was a planned move of a group opposed to chief minister Jai Ram Thakur. Most of them, contesting as independent candidates, are associated with a certain group.
The surfacing of audio clips, first in Jogindernagar assembly constituency of Mandi district and then in Dalhousie seat of Chamba district, show leaders who, after the denial of tickets, left no stone unturned to work against the BJP.
Sources said that in many seats, leaders while remaining within the BJP have worked against it and official candidates. Reports of such leaders are being prepared, they said. It is a known fact that the party winning maximum seats in Kangra district forms the government in Himachal.
This time, besides rebels and factionalism, changing the seat of a minister has added to BJP’s challenge in Kangra district. It has fielded former working president of Congress, Pawan Kajal, who joined BJP just before the polls. In the 2017 assembly election, Kajal had won from Kangra on Congress ticket with a margin of 6,208 votes.
Kajal has now written a letter to BJP national president J P Nadda, to complain about the anti-party activities of senior party leaders of the district. He has alleged that a senior leader worked against the party’s interest in many assembly constituencies, including Nagrota Bagwan and Jawalamukhi.
Meanwhile, Congress heavyweights in the state have already started making their presence in Delhi. Former state president and head of the campaign committee Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is visiting senior leaders in Delhi, while Pratibha Singh, the party MP from Mandi and wife of former CM Virbhadra Singh and her son Vikramaditya are also proposing to visit the national capital.
This is the first election since 1983 that the party fought without Virbhadra Singh due to his demise.





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