BJP leader Dhir Singh Bidhuri quits party over denial of ticket ahead of Delhi polls

A high drama was witnessed in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here on Tuesday when Dhir Singh Bidhuri quit the party after being denied ticket for the upcoming Assembly elections in the national capital.

Updated: Jan 20, 2015, 19:21 PM IST

New Delhi: A high drama was witnessed in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here on Tuesday when Dhir Singh Bidhuri quit the party after being denied ticket for the upcoming Assembly elections in the national capital.

Shortly after tendering his resignation, Dhir Singh Bidhuri told reporters, “No issues with the party. Have put in my papers.”

According to reports, Bidhuri wanted to contest from the Okhala Constituency, but the party high command offered the ticket to former Delhi BSP president Chaudhary Brahm Singh, who had recently joined the party.

The development comes after BJP's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay was roughed up at the party headquarters in the national capital as clashes broke out between party workers over the ticket distribution for the upcoming polls.

If reports are to be believed, there is a growing resentment among the Delhi BJP against the party's decision to anoint former top cop and social activist Kiran Bedi as the CM candidate.

However, BJP chief Amit Shah had told the media yesterday night, while announcing the name of Bedi as the CM candidate, that there was no dissent regarding her name.

Last week, the Election Commission sounded the poll bugle in Delhi. Voting for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 would be held in a single phase on February 7 with the counting of votes scheduled for February 10.

In the 2013 Delhi elections, BJP bagged 31 seats, AAP 28 and Congress 8 in the 70-member Assembly.