Elections 2019: Trouble Mounts for BJP in Bargarh
Resignation of Subash Chouhan and then nine ZP members from the BJP has raised questions over the credibility of State leadership of the saffron party in pacifying the intolerance among workers and the shrinking space for dissent
Bhubaneswar: Wrong selection of candidate for wrong constituency sometimes spoils a party’s poll prospects and the same seems to have happened with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency of Odisha where exodus from the party continues unabated. After Subash Chauhan, nine Zilla Parishad members of the party have now resigned allegedly over ‘wrong candidate selection’.
Subash Chauhan, who had unsuccessfully contested the Bargarh LS seat in 2014 elections, had polled over 3, 72, 000 votes in 2014- the highest polled by any saffron party leaders in Odisha- but he lost the battle to BJD’s Prabas Singh by around 11, 000 votes, which is also the narrowest margin by which a BJP candidate lost during the polls in the State.
But the exodus didn’t stop after the resignation of Chauhan, as nine Zilla Parishad members of the party have now resigned and are likely to join the BJD. Their joining will increase BJD’s strength to 18 in the 34-member Zilla Parishad and the present ZP chairperson may have to resign paving the way for the BJD to take over.
Bargarh will go to the polls in the second phase elections in the State on April 18.