Updated April 22nd, 2024 at 16:20 IST

'Baahari Candidate': Congress' Internal Rift Over Lok Sabha Ticket Distribution Out in Open

Congress workers staged protest against party's decision to field Kanhaiya Kumar and Udit Raj in this Lok Sabha elections.

Reported by: Apoorva Shukla
Congress | Image:PTI
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New Delhi: Congress workers on Monday, April 22, staged a massive protest at the party office in Delhi against ticket distribution in the Lok Sabha elections. The workers of the Congress party raised slogans outside the party office asserting that the party's decision to field outsiders in the Lok Sabha elections was concerning. 

Congress workers staged protest against party's decision to field Kanhaiya Kumar and Udit Raj. Congress has fielded Udit Raj from North West Delhi and Kanhaiya Kumar from North East Delhi.

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 The Congress workers clearly stated that outsider candidates would not be accepted in the constituencies of Delhi. 

Udit Raj's pick has not gone down well with the party workers as they consider him an outsider for winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as a BJP candidates. He had earlier served as the MP of North West Delhi. 

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The case of Kanhaiya Kumar is a bit different. The former JNUSU president contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Bihar's Begusarai seat and this time too the Congress wanted to field him from the same seat. However, as per the seat-sharing arrangement, Begusarai was claimed by CPI of which Kanhaiya was a part of. Then, the Congress fielded Kumar from North East Delhi against BJP's Manoj Tiwari with an aim to bank on the Purvanchali factor. 

 

Though Udit Raj has been an MP of North West Delhi, he is being called an outsider because he won the 2014 elections as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate.

Kanhaiya Kumar too came to the Congress from another party and does not even hail from the constituency from where he has been fielded.

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Published April 22nd, 2024 at 13:07 IST