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BJP workers on streets over ticket distribution

BJP workers on streets over ticket distribution
Along with him, comedian Raju Srivastava also joined BJP in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh. ‘Jagdambikaji a leader of high political standing and his decision to join the BJP would help in strengthening the party. I would like to welcome Jagdambika and Raju Srivastava ji into the party,’ Singh said.

The BJP’s plan to cherish over its move to include former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Jagdambika Pal into party fold was marred by BJP workers staging demonstration at the party office here and in Ballia on Wednesday.

Partymen from his constituency Domariyaganj and nearby areas continued their sit-in at party office in New Delhi against his inclusion in the party and giving Lok Sabha ticket.

On Tuesday, party workers had demanded that Pal not be given a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, claiming he had engineered the fall of BJP government of Kalyan Singh in 1998 and later became the chief minister of the state.

‘Party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee had to sit on a dharna against it,’ they had said. In Ballia, party workers protested against Salempur candidate Ravindra Kushwaha by burning his and party presidnet Rajnath Singh’s effigy.

Two factions - one demanding ticket to former prime minister Chandrashekhar’s son Pankaj Shekhar and the other to former MLA Ram Iqbal Singh - held protests saying the current candidate Kushwaha was ‘unsuitable’.

Meanwhile, clarifying his delay in joining party, Pal said, ‘I took some time to join BJP because I wanted to take the opinion of the people I had won from.’

On the contest of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s attack on party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said, ‘Only courts are empowered to give clean chit to anyone. Rahul Gandhi hasn’t given Modi ji clean chit only to create a misleading situation during polls.’

Soon after the induction, Srivastav said, ‘I am not here to ask for any position. I came here because I think BJP is the only party through which I will be able to work for people. I am ready to take any responsibilities under Narendra Modi ji who can give a stable and corruption free government in India.’

Pal, former Congress MP and Uttar Pradesh unit chief, had earlier resigned from the Lok Sabha as well as from the party in the first week of March, claiming that the emerging leadership did not need leaders like him in Congress. eanwhile, On 11 March Srivastava had returned the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Lok Sabha ticket to contest from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. He complained that he was not getting enough support from the local units of the ruling party (SP). He was given the party ticket in 2013 and had already started his election campaign.

Sources said Srivastava was unhappy with the local leaders who had refused to promote him and help him expand base. However, SP leadership, including party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, apparently asked him to be with the party and had promised to sort out the differences.
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