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Yash­pal Arya and San­jeev Arya, who re­cently crossed over from the Congress, both get tick­ets.

Even be­fore ticket dis­tri­bu­tion, the state BJP was on edge, but after sur­ren­der­ing more than 20 per cent of the tick­ets to erst­while Con­gress­men, it is in­evitable that the ‘dis­ci­plined’ cadre is feel­ing a lit­tle dis­grun­tled. As one BJP leader who missed out put it, “The party has be­come a par­ody of the Congress in the state. We have not only given tick­ets to de­fec­tors, we are now also pro­mot­ing dy­nas­tic pol­i­tics. This was never part of the DNA of the saf­fron brigade.”

The party’s cen­tral lead­er­ship is also wor­ried as it is fac­ing trou­ble in at least half a dozen seats. In Chaub­hat­takhal, for in­stance, where Ma­haraj has been fielded, for­mer state pres­i­dent and sit­ting MLA Teerath Singh Rawat WITH 20% TICK­ETS GOING TO FOR­MER CON­GRESS­MEN, THE BJP CADRE ARE A TAD DIS­GRUN­TLED

has gone into a mas­sive sulk. The party has dis­suaded him from con­test­ing as an in­de­pen­dent, but there are still wor­ries about sab­o­tage. The party is try­ing its best to quell re­bel­lion in the ranks but it’s an open se­cret that the cadre, and sig­nif­i­cantly even the RSS, is un­happy with the ticket dis­tri­bu­tion in the hill state.

The Congress, mean­while, is grap­pling with its own share of trou­bles. With few lead­ers of stature left in the party, Chief Min­is­ter Rawat is lead­ing a one-man bat­tle against the saf­fron forces. To make up for the losses, he has poached half a dozen dis­si­dents from the BJP and given them tick­ets. The party has also man­aged to pull one over the BJP on the ‘dy­nasty’ is­sue. No tick­ets have been given to fam­ily mem­bers of lead­ers.

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