As protests gather, police force guards Madhya Pradesh BJP officeNovember 5th, 2008 - 7:39 pm ICT by IANS
Bhopal, Nov 5 (IANS) Heavy police force has been deployed at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Madhya Pradesh state office in Bhopal since Tuesday in the wake of growing protests over its selection of candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections.Protests and demonstrations are being held at the state BJP headquarters by several groups, including those who have arrived here from other parts of the state.
Hundreds of BJP workers protesting the candidature of Chetram from Amla constituency arrived here in the afternoon and held demonstration at the party office. Soon the police force surrounded the office to prevent any ugly incident or fracas from breaking out.
BJP workers from Amla constituency in Betul district gathered outside the office and raised slogans against Chetram. They claimed the party would lose heavily if the candidate was not changed.
Earlier in the day, the Sindhi Samaj Sangharsh Samiti protested the candidature of Jitendra Daga, said to be the choice of senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj. The Samaj wants Bhagwandas Sabnani to contest from the state capital’s Huzur constituency.
Sabnani, it is said, was brought back to the party fold from Uma Bharati’s Bharatiya Jan Shakti (BJS) Party a couple of weeks ago with the promise that he would be fielded from the constituency.
“We (the community) would field Bhagwandas Sabnani as an Independent candidate if the BJP doesn’t give him the ticket,” Samaj’s spokesman Dharmendra Bulchandani told reporters.
The members of the Samaj also held demonstrations at the party office Monday and kept shuttered their establishments across Bairagarh township.