In view of the possibility of Garhwal MP and former Chief Minister Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri joining the Congress party, senior BJP leaders including its state president Ajay Bhatt and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat among others met the MP at his Delhi residence on Friday. According to sources, discussion lasted for about an hour.
After that, the party leaders left for the CM’s place where discussions were held on candidature and election campaign. Meanwhile, the visit by BJP State president and CM to Khanduri’s residence has not gone well with all.
The BJP MLA from Badrinath, Mahendra Bhatt opined that if Khanduri’s son joins the Congress, disciplinary action should be taken by the party against the former CM.
Bhatt wrote on his Facebook wall that he was quite sad. “I still believe that general Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri will not join the Congress. If he does, the BJP should take disciplinary action against general Khanduri because the party has taken action against many BJP workers on his suggestion.” Bhatt goes on to state that the BJP State president and chief minister should not have gone to Khanduri’s residence regarding his son. “A person who could not connect his family to BJP is far from the ideals of Dr Hedgewar, Deendayal ji and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. I am connected to their ideas,” stated the Badrinath MLA.
At a time when possibility of Manish Khanduri joining the Congress at its national president Rahul Gandhi’s Dehradun rally is causing discomfort to the BJP, the comments made by the party’s Badrinath MLA may fuel further friction.
It is pertinent to mention that the central election committee of the BJP is expected to announce names of the party candidates on March 16 and 18.
Saturday, 16 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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