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BJP ticket hopefuls make a beeline as election nears

September 21, 2019 05:35 AM


BJP ticket hopefuls make a beeline as election nears
Abhishek Behl

Gurugram : With the assembly elections scheduled next month, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a problem of plenty as ticket aspirants from Gurgaon and Badshahpur are making a beeline.

Its opposition Congress, which recently overhauled the state leadership and appointed Kumari Selija the party president, on the other hand, has sought applications from aspirants.

In Gurgaon, the BJP has a large list of aspirants including the sitting MLA Umesh Agarwal, who has had his differences with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, particularly in the first three years of this government. He is considered close to MP Rao Inderjit Singh and is seen as a strong contender, but will have to negotiate hard to win the confidence of the party’s high command, according to political observers.

While Agarwal is of the Vaishya community, the Punjabis, who have dominated Gurgaon for long, are putting strong claims for this seat calling it as their pocket borough. The name of Swami Dharamdev, a religious leader, is doing the rounds as a possible contender from the saffron party. He is considered close to the CM and shared the dais with him during the recent Janashirwad Yatra. GL Sharma, who also played an active role during the CM’s yatra is also canvassing for a party ticket. The names of Gargi Kakkar, Anurag Bakshi and Raman Malik are also among the ticket seekers, said leaders.

Umesh Agarwal said that the party leadership has complete faith in him and is absolutely sure of getting the ticket. “I am fully confident of getting the mandate from Gurgaon,” he said.

In Badshahpur, the party has a less difficult choice as sitting MLA Rao Narbir Singh is in a strong position, and is considered close to CM. Senior BJP leader Sudha Yadav, youth leader Manish Yadav and Kamal Yadav are among the ticket seekers.

Jawahar Yadav, the BJP state spokesperson, said that tickets will be given to members committed to the party ideology and are acceptable to party workers in their constituencies

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