Protest outside Malhotra’s residence over ticket distribution

November 2nd, 2008 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Unhappy over ticket distribution for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections, some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders along with their supporters protested outside the house of the party’s chief ministerial candidate V.K. Malhotra here Sunday.The BJP had released the first list of 53 candidates late Saturday for the Delhi assembly polls, which it will contest in alliance with the Akali Dal.

The list that included names of 19 sitting BJP legislators was cleared at a meeting of the Central Election Committee chaired by party president Rajnath Singh.

“Everyone, however, is not happy with the ticket distribution. Some had arrived at Malhotra’s residence since the morning to wish him while some had come to complain and register their protest,” a BJP supporter working with Malhotra told IANS.

“The protestors raised slogans and criticised the party’s decision. They alleged that several candidates selected by the party were not the best bet and should be changed,” he added.

The protest outside Malhotra’s residence at 6, Dr Bishamber Das Marg also resulted in a traffic jam.

According to the list announced Saturday, Malhotra will contest from the Greater Kailash constituency. Delhi party unit chief Harshvardhan and veteran leader Vijay Jolly will contest from the Krishna Nagar and New Delhi constituencies, respectively.

Names of candidates for the remaining 13 seats are expected to be released in the next few days.

The Akali Dal will fight from four constituencies - Shahdara, Adarsh Nagar, Rajauri Garden and Jungpura.

Elections to the 70-member assembly will be held Nov 29.

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