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Satish balm fails to pacify irate BJP supporters at HQ

The euphoria over Kiran Bedi’s anointment as BJP’s chief ministerial pick was dampened somewhat as acrimony was witnessed at the BJP office here as angry supporters of Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay shouted slogans and staged a sit-in protest against the top leadership for not giving a ticket to him.

Upadhyay, on his part, tried to pacify them but the unrelenting supporters kept on shouting slogans against the leadership and demanded that he be fielded from Mehrauli constituency, considered a stronghold of BJP.

The BJP leader, who had earlier indicated his willingness to fight the polls, said he voluntarily opted out to focus on campaigning in the entire city. “I want to contest on all the 70 seats. I want to focus on entire Delhi and that is why I am not contesting. BJP workers want the party to win and this is their feeling.

“These are momentary issues. We want the party to win under Kiran Bedi’s leadership. We have to oust Arvind Kejriwal. I am a worker of the party and it is my responsibility to make BJP victorious,” Upadhyay told his supporters. He said he has decided himself not to contest the elections. “It is my own decision. The Parliamentary Board asked me and I conveyed them my decision.” Supporters of another ticket aspirant Sikha Rai, who is Vice President of Delhi BJP, also staged a protest at the Delhi BJP office openly slamming the senior leaders for denying tickets to her.

“For last five months, we had been garnering people’s support for Upadhyay ji, but at the last moment he was denied ticket. The party should have filed him from Mehrauli. We will continue our protest until he is given the ticket,” said Umesh Kumar, a supporter of Upadhyay.
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