New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party is dealing with a war within and the split in the party's top leadership is out in the open. Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh will file his nomination from Barmer as an Independent on Monday after his party refused to oblige him with a ticket from his home constituency. Not just Jaswant Singh, but another senior 7-time MP from Ahmedabad, Harin Pathak too is upset over being denied a ticket.
While BJP patriarch LK Advani may have just managed to extract nomination of his choice from the party, his proteges and loyalists were snubbed outrightly. This is what has brought the fault-lines in the BJP out in the open. A day after senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj expressed grief questioning what was an unusual decision of denying ticket to Jaswant Singh, her counterpart in Rajya Sabha ARun Jaitley retorted.
Former BJP President, once considered all and all Advani man, has also taken a contrary position to his mentor. Venkaiah Naidu too has targeted Sushma Swaraj. "I do not want to discuss the CEC meeting. Ultimately whatever the party decides must be obeyed," Naidu said.
In their respective states, both Jaswant Singh and Harin Pathak sulked. Jaswant is in Barmer to test waters is likely to file his nomination as an Independent. Harin Pathak, seven time MP from Ahmedabad since 1989, is preparing to lead a ginger group within by questioning nominations given to party hoppers and known Congressmen.
"I am upset. I have been a loyal worker of the party. Wait for three days and I will tell you my next course of action. Go and ask those who did not give me ticket why I was not given one," Pathak said.
Behind the ticket distribution battle the real game is being played between camp Advani and camp Modi. With Advani's key aides Jaswant Singh and Harin Pathak being snubbed, it remains to be seen what the patriarch's next move will be.