New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing huge political bickering over not nominating its Deputy Leader in Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, SS Ahulawalia for another term to the Upper House.

In the meeting of BJP parliamentary board, senior leaders along with some MPs raised fingers on the high command over not fielding Ahluwalia. Parliamentary board president Lal Krishna Advani had to interfere into the matter to quell the crisis.

He assured the members that he himself will talk to party president Nitin Gadkari in this regard. The party’s decision to vote for independent candidate Anshuman Mishra in RS polls created ripple in the party.

The party organization and parliamentary board have locked horns with each other on several occasions. But it was for the first time when party high command’s decision was challenged. Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha raised the issue of not nominating Ahluwalia for another term in a meeting of the parliamentary board.

Some members also blamed the party for selling the Rajya Sabha ticket to Anshuman.

Sinha said, “When the BJP is heading the Jharkhand government, why did it not field its own official candidate?” He also questioned the party stand to support Mishra.

According to sources, the nomination of Ajay Sancheti has drawn severe criticism from various party members.

Backing Sinha’s stand, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar raised the issue of not nominating Ahluwalia to the RS.

Ahluwalia has been successfully countering the UPA policies in the Upper House. He should be nominated for another term in the RS.
Refusing to comment on the issue, Ahluwalia said, “I am a disciplined party worker”.

(JPN/Bureau)