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.