New Delhi: At a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been facing tough time while announcing names of candidates for the Delhi municipal elections, the party workers on late Sunday evening staged demonstration outside the party state unit in-charge Venkaiah Naidu’s residence. The protesters even accused senior party leaders for taking bribe for distributing tickets.

This incident took place when the party leaders had come to attend the election committee meeting. Irked over the denial of tickets the party workers raised slogans outside Naidu’s house when the meeting was in progress. The protestors were opposing party’s move for inviting outsiders to contest the election. BJP leader Vijay Jolly was allegedly heckled outside Naidu’s home.

Meanwhile, the vice president of the Delhi BJP unit Vedvati Devi raised slogans after her name did not figure among the probables . She said, she has been receiving even threat calls for fighting election from that seat. Kapil Malhotra of ward no-75 said that Satish Jain is contesting from the seat.
   
On a similar note, Brij Mohan Bansal of Minto Road ward, Rani Paliwal, Riyazuddin and VS Saxena opposed party’s move to give ticket to an outsider from their wards.

Meanwhile, party workers also staged protest outside state president Vijendra Gupta’s residence. Angry party supporters gathered outside Gupta's residence at Rohini and shouted slogans against him.

Resentment within Congress over ticket distribution

The announcement of candidates’ list has landed the Congress in a trouble as party workers continued their protest outside the Delhi Health Minister Dr Ashok Kumar Walia’s residence consecutively on second day. Party workers alleged that they have been sidelined in the camp and builder mafias and businessmen have been given tickets in their place.

On Sunday morning, the Congress workers congregated at Kishankunj and Pandav Nagar and raised slogans for sidelining those workers who have rendered their services to the party for the last many years. The protesting workers alleged that the MLAs have been working on their strategy from the last four months. It is due to this reason 133 houses under ward 222 were merged into ward no 221 as a result the present councillor of the ward was denied ticket.

JPN/Bureau