Activists and commentators said Tuesday’s protest against the official candidate SS Chauhan from Mainpuri constituency in Uttar Pradesh occurred because the party workers are agitated against ‘importing an outsider’ for the seat.

Some of them even offered to tender mass resignations from the party. The state leaders and the candidate himself, however, underplayed the protests. The Bharatiya Janta Party workers in Agra and a section of the district leaders are opposed to the official candidate Ram Shankar Katheria.

"The cold indifference of many of these leaders will be felt and seen in the campaign," said Prem Jain, a party worker.

Hema Malini's entry in the poll fray from Mathura has irked the local leaders since a dozen were in line for the ticket.

"Undoubtedly, the mood is in favour of Modi...but questions are being asked why loyal and hard working party members who sacrifice and give so much to the party are generally ignored when it comes to ticket distribution," said Madhu Chaubey, an activist.

Ticket distribution has hit the campaign in several districts of Deoria, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Fatehpur and Faizabad.

"Local party workers feel humiliated and cheated...One feels resentment towards Modi poll managers," said Sachchendra Kumar Singh of Hathras.

The party workers have protested against Jagdambika Pal's entry in Ayodhya.

The BJP workers also protested against the entry of Udit Raj in Delhi and showed black flags to Kirron Kher in Chandigarh.

(Agencies)

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