New Delhi: The internal feud in the Bharatiya Janta Party ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections further intensified on Tuesday with the resignation of the prominent local leader from the party.

Accusing the state leaders of taking bribe in the distribution of tickets, Jagdish Mamgain, MCD Works Committee Chairman, tendered his resignation after he was denied the party ticket to contest the municipal polls.

He said, “The state leaders are promoting corrupt and dubious people at the cost of those workers who have been serving the party honestly since long. The leaders have crossed all the limits in the MCD polls this year and distributed tickets among their kith and kin.”

In his letter to the BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, Mamgain said, “For the last 31 years I have worked for the party by taking responsibilities at every front as a leader and party functionary. But going by nepotism and favouritism while doling out tickets, I am forced to tender my resignation from the party.”

Mamgain, who joined BJP in 1981, alleged that Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta's wife and a relative have emerged as "parallel power centre" in the state unit of the party.

Meanwhile, other disgruntled party workers staged demonstration outside the BJP office in Panth Marg.

On last Sunday night the BJP is reported to have secretly distributed tickets to the candidates to be fielded in the MCD elections and dropped 50 percent sitting councillors. The party faced resentment from the councillors and senior party leaders with many turning rebellious and filing their nomination on Monday as independent candidates.