New Delhi: As the stage is set for intense political battle in the MCD elections on April 15, the BJP has been struggling to cope up with the party workers riled over the ticket distribution. Accusing the party of taking bribe in the distribution of tickets, three BJP councillors have tendered their resignations from the party and will now contest the election as independent candidates.

Earlier, the rebel BJP councillor Harish Awasthi had filed nomination as an independent candidate from Rohini (ward 21). Meanwhile, the party’s woman councillor Prabha Singh will contest the Urban Local Body polls as an independent candidate from New Ashok Nagar (ward 212) after being denied ticket by the party. The BJP state unit secretary Narendra Tandon will draw battle lines against the party’s official candidate Rajni Abbi from Mukherjee Nagar.

Many rebel BJP leaders have joined the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) camp. The sitting BJP councillor from Palam (ward 145) Vijay Pandit has joined hands with the INLD. Since the seat has been reserved for women, Pandit has fielded his wife Seema Pandit from here.  It is likely that BJP might have to pay a heavy price for losing Pandit from its fold.

Besides, disgruntled local BJP leader from Sagarpur (ward 131) Praveen Rajput is in the fray as an independent candidate. Out of the four wards in Dwaraka region, the Congress had won three seats.

JPN/Bureau