Bedi’s Campaign Aide Quits BJP, Backtracks Later

Published: 03rd February 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2015 07:51 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: BJP Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi landed in controversy after her campaign assistant Narendra Tandon resigned from the party after accusing her of adopting a ‘dictatorial attitude’. But in the evening, he withdrew his resignation letter which he had sent to BJP national president Amit Shah.

While the party is struggling to tide over differences and dissent among state BJP leaders,  in a letter to Shah, Tandon said he could not stand ‘constant dictation by Bedi and claimed that her personal staff insulted him and it was becoming “difficult to work with her”.

beds.jpgTandon, who was a former secretary of the party’s state unit and a permanent invitee to Delhi BJP’s executive committee, was unhappy with Bedi’s style of working, directing him and other party members.

As soon as he resigned, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay and party spokesperson Harish Kurana launched a scathing attack on him, saying that Tandon was doing drama. Upadhyay said Tandon’s resignation letter had been accepted by the party’s senior leadership.

“He has not resigned for the first time, this is the third time. There is no conflict within the party,” Kurana said. However, Tandon withdrew his resignation later in front of Shah, saying that “it was an emotional decision to quit the BJP”.  Sources said a number of BJP leaders had persuaded Tandon to withdraw his resignation as it was affecting the party’s image ahead of the polls.

BJP Questions

Q1: Within India you have a convicted Naxal supporter and people charged with related offences and they have been given tickets. What is your association with such forces?

Q2: During 49-day rule subsidies were given to discoms from funds for SC/ST’s welfare. You are not supposed to divert funds then why did you do it?

Q3: You had once said that you will arrest journalists and put them behind the bars. Is this the kind of politics you want? Is this responsible, or what?

Q4: An advertisement you say has hurt a community’s sentiments, then why did you in the name of VAT violations have 151 raids against the community?

Q5: AAP candidate Irfan Ullah Khan from Okhla is an associate of a person accused in Ahmedabad 2008 and Delhi blast. Why has Kejriwal given a ticket to Amanatullah Khan.

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