Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Rebels may upset Cong, BJP calculation

Rebels may upset Cong, BJP calculation
 Clean Media Correspondent

Shimla, Oct 24 (CMC) A day after the BJP expelled 10 rebel candidates, the Congress on Wednesday expelled 25 of its rebels, including an MLA, for six years.

HPCC chief Virbhadra Singh expelled MLA Yograj from Dehra, former minister Ishwar Dass (Ani), former MLAs Kashmir Singh (Ghumarwin) and Mast Ram (Karsog), and 21 others who are contesting against party candidates in the November 4 Assembly polls, the party said.

Of the total number of Independents contesting the polls, at least 34 were till recently active members of either the BJP or Congress. The rebels include former minister Roop Singh Thakur of the BJP and former Congress MLA O P Rattan, who has joined the Trinamool Congress and is contesting from Una. While the scenario is worrisome for the BJP in Kangra, Mandi, Solan and Hamirpur districts, the Congress faces prominent rebels in Shimla, Sirmaur, Chamba, Mandi districts as well as in Manali and Kullu (Sadar) seats.

The Congress also faces embarrassment due to a revolt by the royal family of Junga, who are Virbhadra’s relatives. Vijay Jyoti Sen, wife of Veer Vikram Sen, who is brother of Virbhadra’s wife Pratibha, is contesting as an independent from Kasumpti.

Pratibha had applied for a ticket from Kasumpti, but the party declined, resulting in a revolt in the Block Congress Committee. Veer Vikram Sen is Block Congress Committee president of Kasumpti. But his wife is not a member of the party, said District Congress Committee (Shimla-Rural) president Kehar Singh Khachi.

The BJP has reportedly decided to act with caution. “Top party leaders, including Kalraj Mishra, who is state incharge, national general secretary J P Nadda and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, will hold a meeting and take a decision. I believe the rebels will be given some time to withdraw,” said party spokesperson Ganesh Dutt.
But the BJP rebels seem to be in no mood to retire. “The party has obliged a person whose caste certificate has been challenged in the high court. Why should I forgo my claim to the seat when I have toured every segment of the constituency after being given a go ahead for Solan,” reasoned a senior leader in the fray, H N Kashyap.

1 comment:

  1. Gujrat and Himachal elections will be very important for the future of BJP and Congress both!