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Assam BJP suffers bickering blow
Published on 7 Mar. 2011 12:03 AM IST
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All is not well within in the BJP camp even if the election to the Assam assembly is less than a month away. On Saturday, supporters of BJP leaders, who did not get tickets in Morigaon and Dispur, vandalized party offices and accused the state leadership of fielding "weak candidates" in the battle of ballots.
The incident took place when more than 500 supporters of Bhadrakanta Nath from the Morigaon constituency and Jayanta Das from Dispur expressed their anger over the party's recently-released candidate list, which did not have names of both the leaders.
In its latest list of 54 candidates, BJP central committee enlisted Prahlad Bhuyan and Ranjit Ronghang as candidates for Morigaon and Dispur seats respectively.
The mob barged into the party head office in the Ganeshguri area and ransacked office furniture and other materials, seeking replacement in the candidates for Morigaon and Dispur.
Window panes, furniture and computers were damaged during the ransack. Two computers, which were fed with important data, were damaged by the mob.
"We oppose the party's decision to give ticket to Prahlad Bhuyan for the Morigaon seat. He has done little for the party and people, where as Bhadrakanta Nath is a well-known name in the area.
The party should think over the matter again as only Bhadrakanta has the capability of winning the elections," said a BJP worker from Morigaon.
Further, some supporters of Jayanta Das from Dispur accused the BJP topbrass of entering into a secret understanding with various other parties and taking this decision of fielding Bhuyan and Ronghang in Morigaon and Dispur.
The agitators kept on vandalizing the office for more than two hours till party's national vice-president, Bijoya Chakraborty, reached the spot and pledged to take up their grievances with the central leadership.
The BJP received another blow with senior party leader Charan Deka resigned from the party for not getting a ticket, a source said.

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