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BJP in Himachal gunning its own leader (Poll Trivia)

IANS  |  Shimla 

The (BJP) in is gunning its own party leader, who resigned from the Jai Ram Thakur-led cabinet two days ago.

The BJP is asking its former Power to quit from the party over his love for his son.

greenhorn Ashray Sharma, who learnt for years from his father Anil Sharma, is in the fray from the Lok Sabha seat. He is pitted against first-time

The father and son belong to the political dynasty of former Sukh Ram, 91.

The BJP has raised the battle cry of dynastic

BJP Chief Thakur, who is leading the poll campaign, never forgets to tell voters that "his former has love for 'putra' (son) and that is why he's not campaigning in for BJP candidate Ram Swaroop Sharma".

"If he has to remain in the party, he has to campaign for the party even from where his son is contesting," he said during public meetings.

told IANS: "should either rise above 'putra moh' or he should resign (from the party)."

Popularly known as 'Pandit-ji' in his bastion of Mandi, the six-time MLA and three-time MP and his grandson rejoined the on March 25 after quitting the BJP.

Countering its rivals, state unit told IANS that by fielding Anil Sharma's son from the party is trying to bowl out the BJP with a googly.

Political observers say the decision to nominate Anil Sharma's son is just a shrewd move by the Congress to push the ruling BJP onto a slippery wicket as Mandi is the home turf of Thakur.

Also Anil Sharma's father played a crucial role in winning all 10 Assembly seats in Mandi district.

Taking a jibe at his rivals, said that "his father's soul is in the Congress while only the body is in the BJP".

At the launch of the Congress campaign, announced that he would campaign for his party but not against his son.

He resigned from the cabinet on April 12 but has not quit either from the BJP or from the state Assembly.

will vote in its four Lok Sabha seats -- Shimla (reserved), Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi -- on May 19.



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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 12:02 IST