Delhi election 2015:

Kiran Bedi's election campaign in-charge Narendra Tandon quits BJP

Kiran Bedi’s election campaign in-charge Narendra Tandon quits BJP
NEW DELHI: Days before the Delhi assembly elections, senior BJP member Narendra Tandon, who was in charge of chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi’s election campaign, has resigned from the party.In a letter to BJP chief Amit Shah, Tandon, ​a former secretary of the party’ city unit and a permanent invitee to Delhi BJP’s executive committee, said that he cannot stand ‘constant dictation by Bedi’. He also claimed that Bedi’s personal staff insulted him and it was becoming difficult to work with her.BJP sources say Tandon has been part of the campaign committee which is headed by Anil Jain.

He was given the additional responsibility of managing Bedi’s campaign soon after her induction into the party.

While the BJP said his quitting the party will not in any way affect its election preparations as he was a “low-level” functionary and his performance was “not impressive”, it definitely reflects the growing unrest within the party.

Asked about Tandon’s resignation, Kiran Bedi refused to comment.

Delhi BJP, however, appeared unfazed and claimed he had “created trouble” in the past too.

“His past record is not very impressive. He has created trouble for the party in the past as well. He had filed nomination against party candidate Rajni Abbi in the 2013 assembly polls in Timarpur constituency,” Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said, adding that Tandon’s resignation will not affect the party.

Tandon was general secretary of Delhi University’s Students Union in late 1990s during his stint with BJP’s ABVP. He rose through the party ranks and later became secretary of Delhi BJP when O P Kohli was made the city unit chief.

The BJP is likely to release its vision document later on Monday.

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Delhi goes to polls on February 7, with counting of votes set to take place on February 10.