New Delhi, Nov 12 (): BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi’s jibe against dynasty politics and terming Rahul Gandhi as shehzade (prince) seems to be out of place as BJP too has its share of shehzades if one looks at the tickets given to contestants.
VK Malhotra, a senior BJP leader’s son Ajay Malhotra, OP Babber’s son Rajiv Babbar and former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma’s son Pravesh Verma are those who have been given tickets in the coming Delhi elections. This is something that has not digested well with the party workers. But, the BJP is defending their ticket distribution saying that it is not their parentage but that these lads worked earlier for BJP and the workers protesting will be convinced soon, says BJP leader Vijay Goel.
Vijay Jolly was tipped to get the seat but Ajay Malhotra was given a ticket overlooking him. Ajay insists that he is being rewarded for his hard work and says this is not dynasty politics. He claims he has been working in the constituency for 5 years, and he deserves the seat.
Some disgruntled BJP leaders fed up of this dynasty politics have handed in their resignations. The Aam Aadmi Party has used the resignations as an opportunity to prove that they are different. The BJP, who has always attacked Congress for dynastic politics referring to the Gandhi family , seems to be taking the same path.
With dissidence being high on ticket distribution and many workers resigning at a time, the BJP will have to get its act fast, especially with the AAP said to be fast catching up.
On Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party launched the final phase of its campaign from Chandni Chowk but they were stopped midway as the Election Commission deadline for campaigning ran out. There was also a controversy on whether the party was moving around with a higher number of vehicles than prescribed by the EC.
It was the first day of the ‘Jhadu Chalao Yatra’ with AAP CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal who began the final round of campaigning with the election symbol ‘broom’ to sweep in change. With the broom as its election symbol, the AAP has 21 days to campaign.
AAP has focussed on the most populated parts of the city and the most crowded narrow lanes. There were no big speeches, just a few words of appeal and gestures as the motorcade wounds it way from Chandni Chowk in old Delhi to Muslim-dominated Matia Mahal.