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JAMMU: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing revolt from its own legislator in Kathua where Choudhary Lal Singh alleged to have fielded six candidates from Lakhanpur against the rightwing party. They include his younger brother Rajinder Singh Babby and sister-in-law, who stood against the BJP candidates.
During voting for Urban Local Body (ULB) elections under second phase, the border Kathua district witnessed twist in political activities with BJP facing challenge from the members of the family of their MLA.
From ward number 2 in Kathua, young brother of Choudhary Lal Singh stood against BJP’s Shashi Paul whereas sister-in-law of Choudhary Lal Singh contested against another BJP candidate in ward 18 in Kathua town.
To support his brother, Choudhary Lal Singh reached the polling station of ward number 2. Surprisingly, two officials in the Polling Station including a Returning Officer and Polling Officer got up from their seats and requested Lal Singh for a photograph as he was about to leave the station.
The snap shots triggered controversy with BJP and Congress demanding action against the concerned polling staff. Though BJP candidate did not openly criticise, sources said, he had earlier lodged a complaint with the Returning Officer against the younger brother of Choudhary Lal Singh alleging that, “He was a land grabber.”
His complaint yielded no results leading to anger in the BJP unit in Kathua district and they have also apprised high command about anti-party activities of the party legislator.
Sources claimed that six candidates out of seven wards in Lakhanpur were from the Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan (DSS) of Choudhary Lal Singh and they all contested against BJP candidates. One of the candidates in Lakhanpur won uncontested.
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