Delhi BJP leaders use 'sankalp patra' exercise to get even with party MPs
By  IANS | Updated:  Mar 06, 2019, 11:08 AM
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might not have anticipated this, but its "Bharat ke Mann ki Baat, Modi ke Saath" campaign is turning out to be an opportunity for Delhi BJP leaders to get even with the party's sitting MPs.
BJP president Amit Shah and senior party leader Rajnath Singh had launched the month-long exercise on February 3 to seek suggestions from 10 crore people across the country for its 'sankalp patra' (manifesto).
But sources in BJP's Delhi unit said some of the party's state office-bearers and ticket aspirants for the Lok Sabha elections are using the exercise to lodge complaints against sitting MPs instead of giving inputs.
Most such complaints have come from three parliamentary constituencies -- East Delhi, North-west Delhi and New Delhi -- represented by Mahesh Girri, Udit Raj and Meenakshi Lekhi, respectively.
A state BJP official told IANS the campaign has turned into an exercise to settle personal scores as almost 15-20 per cent of suggestions received are actually complaints.
"The aim of the campaign was to know what sort of Bharat people want? What is their imagination for a new India? What are their expectations from the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi? But it seems that some are using this for personal vendetta," he said.
In 2014, the BJP had won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi in a triangular contest against the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The buzz doing the rounds is the top BJP leadership is not happy with performance of some its MPs and may deny tickets to over half of them.
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