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Jaipur: BJP's feedback exercise concludes, but not before exposing 'schism'

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 2:26pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Ghanshyam Tiwari, Kiran Maheshwari remain absent, others leave early.

The BJP’s feedback exercise from candidates concluded on Wednesday. State party chief Vasundhara Raje and some other top leaders were absent from meeting on Wednesday. The BJP leaders claimed the party would win with two-third majority.

Candidates from Udaipur, Jodhpur, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Dausa, Alwar and Jaipur had come to give their feedback to the party leadership. In Raje’s absence, senior leader Gulab Chand Kataria and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav held one-on-one interactions with the party candidates.

Raje didn’t come to the feedback meeting due to health reasons. Senior leaders like Ghanshyam Tiwari and Kiran Maheshwari too didn’t come to the meeting. The meeting started late with feedback from candidates of Udaipur division. Nandlal Meena, party’s candidate from Pratapgarh and known critic of Gulab Chand Kataria, and Jhotwara candidate Rajpal Singh Shekhawat left early. Coming out of the meeting, Nandlal Meena, party’s candidate from Pratapgarh constituency, said that the party was coming to power with majority and left the venue. During the meeting, Kataria and Yadav had one-on-one meeting with 111 candidates. Each candidate was given a fixed time to inform about the possibility of his win or defeat. “We were asked about our prospects of winning. All candidates from Alwar district were called together and each was given three minutes to speak,” said a candidate from Alwar. In late afternoon time, Jaipur candidates were given time. Candidates from Jaipur city arrived but Sanganer candidate Ghanshyam Tiwari didn’t come for the meeting.

Ghanshyam Tiwari said he was out of Jaipur so he couldn’t attend the feedback meeting of the party. “I was not in the city, therefore could not come to the meeting,” Tiwari said. Party’s vice president Onkar Singh Lakhawat said that Tiwari’s absence was not a big issue and Rajsamand candidate Kiran Maheshwari was undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, right from party workers to candidates, everybody was seen speculating about number of seats the party would be winning following elections.

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