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SOS sent to BJP high command

By Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI, MAY 6. Infighting and internal sabotage are likely to hit the prospects of the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies across the Capital. It is learnt that some of the candidates have complained to the party high command about the "negative role'' being played by some partymen including elected representatives.

What has aggravated the problems of these candidates and the party in the Capital is that the loyalists of the former Chief Minister, Madan Lal Khurana, are not actively taking part in the campaign. It is learnt that some of the candidates have contacted Mr. Khurana, now the Rajasthan Governor, seeking his intervention and a direction to the people to work for the success of the BJP candidates. At the beginning of the electoral process for the elections it was felt that the BJP had got a head-start over the Congress and was heading for a comfortable situation in view of the severe factionalism within the Delhi Congress. However, as the elections draw closer, the Congress seems to have closed its ranks and the BJP stands divided. Many partymen point this to the inability of the central leadership to deal effectively with those who have been responsible for the rampant indiscipline or anti-party activities in the Capital.

On the other hand, some of the candidates have also sent a SOS to the RSS seeking deployment of its cadres for last minute campaigning and for performing poll duty on May 10. It is understood that this has led to clash among the RSS and BJP workers at many places.

Interestingly, the Union Culture and Tourism Minister, Jagmohan, is being actively assisted by the RSS cadres in view of the non-cooperation by the local party workers. The story is no different in the case of the South Delhi BJP candidate, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who has also summoned the RSS leadership to help him tide over the internal sabotage by partymen. In fact, it is learnt that Mr. Malhotra has brought to the notice of the party high command the role of certain party MLAs in creating hurdles in his path. In this regard, he has named the Delhi Cantonment MLA, Karan Singh Tanwar and the Hari Nagar party MLA, Harsharan Singh Balli.

Interestingly, both of them are considered very close to Mr. Khurana and do not see eye to eye with Mr.Malhotra. Apart from these two, it is learnt that Mr. Malhotra has also named the former Ministers, Poornima Sethi and Rajendra Gupta in addition to a large number of office bearers who have been working against the interests of the party in the South Delhi Parliamentary constituency.

In addition, the Outer Delhi candidate and Union Labour Minister, Sahib Singh Verma, is also understood to have pointed out the hurdles being created by a large number of leaders in his constituency.

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