Uttarakhand polls: BJP expels 33 more rebel candidates

RSTV Bureau
Dehradun: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with BJP Uttarakhand President Ajay Bhatt, party incharge for the state Shyam Jaju and other leaders releasing the party's vision document in Dehradun on Saturday in Dehradun on Saturday. PTI Photo

Dehradun: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with BJP Uttarakhand President Ajay Bhatt, party incharge for the state Shyam Jaju and other leaders releasing the party’s vision document in Dehradun on Saturday. PTI Photo

BJP in Uttarakhand again cracked the whip on rebel candidates ahead of February 15 polls. The party expelled 33 more workers who were either contesting against party’s official nominees as Independents or indulging in other anti-party activities.

These party workers have been sacked for a period of six years. The decision to sack them was taken after a go ahead from Uttarakhand Pradesh BJP president Ajay Bhatt.

Bhatt called the rebels “over-ambitious people” and said their exit will not impact the party’s prospects in the assembly polls. He also dismissed reports of any discontent within the party over ticket distribution.

The 33 expulsions are in addition to the 18 expelled on February 1, after they refused to withdraw from the fray for the Assembly polls on the last day for withdrawal of nominations on February 1, Pradesh party general secretary Naresh Bansal said.

Last month when tickets were finalised, it was observed that those fielded by the BJP were mostly Congress turncoats. The move disappointed party cadres, especially the ticket aspirants who were left with no option but to enter the fray as Independents against official party nominees.

Bhatt asserted that the “Modi wave” will be an important factor in the polls, where the party is pitching development as its prime agenda.

(With inputs from PTI)