Ambala: After coming to power Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to ensure that there is no dynatsy politics or nepotism within the Bharatiya Janata Party or his ministries. However, the forth coming Assembly elections in Haryana are bringing out a different picture altogether. It has also brought to the fore the BJP's double talk on nepotism.
Senior BJP leader and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seems to have gone against the party's stand and the ticket for Safidon constituency has been given to her sister Vandana Sharma.
While PM Modi goes on lashing at Congress President Sonia Gandhi for her son-in-law Robert Vadra's land deals in Haryana and promoting dynasty politics, the BJP says Vandana Sharma is not from Sushma Swaraj's family as she is now maried into a different family.
When questioned about the party different stands on the family links of Priyanka Vadra and Vandana Sharms, Ambala BJP MLA Anil Viz said, "At least appreciate something about the BJP. Don't take everything negatively. While we have refused tickets to the relatives of many party leaders, Sushma's sister Vandana Sharma now happens to be from a different family as she is a married woman. So, this is not nepotism."
"As far as Priyanka is concerned, she herself potrays herself as the one who will take forward the legacy of the Congress," he said even as he struggled to justify the difference between the two cases.
When asked about the procedure of selecting the candidates, Viz said that it was a fair process adding, "There are secret ballots for local workers in the party, the results of which go to party seniors for their views. The Central Election Committee also takes feedback from its sources on the short-listed candidates and then a final decision is taken. No favourtism is followed in this procedure."
When questioned on the same, Karnal BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra chose to remain silent and spoke just two words "No comments".