Congress' dictatorial style of functioning leaving leaders frustrated: BJP

The BJP declared 58 candidates for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, 67 candidates for the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and 35 candidates for the East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Among the names in the second list was Mukesh Goel, now the Leader of the Opposition in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. "My self-respect was hurt by senior party leaders like Anand Sharma, P.C. Chacko and Ajay Maken", Amrish Gautam told IANS after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Not just that, in the style of AAP MLA Ved Prakash, who also switched camps to the saffron party recently, Gautam held a press conference at the 14 Pandit Pant Marg BJP headquarters, flanked by senior leaders Manoj Tiwari and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.

The BJP had on Sunday released its first list of 160 candidates - 58 for SDMC, 67 for North-MCD and 35 for EDMC.

"The local Congress leadership, including me, was ignored during ticket distribution".

"If things do not change, I will quit the party", A K Walia told PTI.

'Every time new committee (to choose candidates) is formed, they interview us like class-8 students, ' said Walia.

Asked about a few Congress leaders quitting the party and a few other seniors threatening to do so, Chopra said that although there is "some resentment", true Congressmen would not desert the party.

Walia, who represented Laxmi Nagar constituency in his last stint as an MLA, enjoys a massive support in East Delhi.

Congress has fielded majority of first timers in the elections giving preference to youth over experience and also factoring winnability.

He said that Ashok Kumar Walia "did not even once" speak of quitting the Congress.

The party urged for crosschecking of the votes polled with the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) data to settle the issue of EVM safety. I will also raise my concerns with the party high command.