Karan Singh Resigns from BJP, Party facing revolt over ticket allotment

Denial of a ticket from Banjjar or Kullu assembly segment of Kullu district, has made former minister Karan Singh tender his resignation from the BJP, a party the scion of Kullu royal family has been associated for long.

Barely 24 hours after BJP announced its first list of 57 candidates for the 65 assembly segments that go to the polls in the second phase, there was a virtual revolt in the party ranks as the ticket hopefuls who had been denied tickets were rebellious.

Karan keen to contest the elections has not disclosed his cards whether he is getting in the fray as an independent or has sought a ticket from some other party.

On the other hand the entire BJP unit of Kumarsein-Sunni in Shimla district tendered its resignation to the state BJP chief in protest against giving of the party ticket to Bhagat Ram Chauhan instead of Sandipni Bhardwaj.

Bhardwaj was the BJP nominee for the seat in the last two elections, losing on both occasions.

In Nurpur BJP activists held a protest rally as Rakesh Pathania, the BJP ticket hopeful was denied a ticket this time. He has announced plans to contest as an independent.

Heated exchanges are reported to have taken place between senior leaders over allotment of ticket to sitting MLA, Rajiv Bindal from Solan, with one faction making out that Bindal was facing serious allegations over dubious land deals.

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