Dwindling popularity, factionalism, infighting: Problems galore for party
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The Bharatiya Janata Party has been on a decline for the past few years in the city. With the party not having tasted power in more than a decade and the factionalism within it that is quite evident, the fortunes of the party have been dwindling. The run-up to the elections of the party president has made the differences within the party even more glaring.
In 1998, the BJP managed to get its MP, Satya Pal Jain, elected, but a year later as the elections were held again, the seat was won by Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal. In fact Bansal has now been elected the MP for the third consecutive term, with his victory margin having increased in each subsequent election.
The BJP has also not been able to garner the majority to get its Mayor elected. While the first Municipal Corporation Mayor of the city was from the BJP, it has been more than a decade since a member of the party managed to bag the post.
A senior party leader states that in the elections of the Municipal Corporation that took place last year, it was the faulty distribution of tickets that led to defeat even when there was a wave against the Congress due to price hike and corruption.
The distribution of tickets had witnessed a tussle between the three heavyweight leaders of the party Satya Pal Jain, Sanjay Tandon and Harmohan Dhawan. In fact the list of tickets once released was changed the following day causing much resentment. In the recent by-elections in Maloya, the party slipped from the first place to the third. The BSP fared better than the BJP in a ward that had been won by the latter in the municipal elections.
In the past three years, with Tandon being the party president, the infighting in the party has increased. Factionalism has come to the fore with several complaints being given to the party high command by the leaders.