BJP, REGIONAL PARTY WORKERS PROTEST OVER TICKET DENIAL IN EASTERN INDIA

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BJP, regional party workers protest over ticket denial in eastern India

KEY WORDS: Bihar polls, assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party, Janata Dal-United, Nitish Kumar, Narendra Modi

Hundreds of party workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) protest against their respective political parties in India’s eastern state of Bihar after their leaders were denied tickets to contest assembly elections.

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PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 23, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

1. EXTERIOR OF REGIONAL PARTY JANATA DAL UNITED’S (JDU) OFFICE

2. A BOARD READING ‘BIHAR JANATA DAL UNITED’ OFFICE IN HINDI

3. PARTY WORKERS PROTESTING AND SHOUTING SLOGANS

4. CLOSE OF A MAN SHOUTING SLOGANS

5. A MAN CLAPPING AND SHOUTING

6. MORE OF PARTY MEMBERS PROTESTING

7. A MAN MOVING FORWARD AND SHOUTING

8. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) A PROTESTER SAYING: “From the last 25 years Ramdhani Singh is winning. He is the health minister also but they didn’t give him the ticket. He has worked so much for the state.”

PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 23, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

9. POLICEMEN WALKING INSIDE THE HEADQUARTERS OF BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY (BJP)

10. POLICEMEN TRYING TO STOP THE PROTESTERS

11. BJP PARTY MEMBERS PROTESTING

12. POLICEMEN STOPPING THE PROTESTERS FROM ENTERING OFFICE

13. PARTY MEMBERS PROTESTING

14. PROTESTERS BREAK OPEN THE GATES OF BJP HEADQUARTERS

15 PROTESTERS THROWING CHAIRS IN THE OFFICE

16. PROTESTERS DAMAGING OFFICE PROPERTY

STORY: Hundreds of party workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) protested against their respective political parties in India’s eastern state of Bihar on Wednesday (September 23) after their leaders were denied tickets to contest assembly elections in the state.

Bihar would go to polls from October 12 to November 05 in five phases.

JD-U members protested in front of their party office in Patna city after party leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar released the list of 242 candidates of the grand alliance.

Supporters of Bihar Health Minister Ram Dhani Singh demanded to know why the leader was not issued a ticket.

“From the last 25 years Ramdhani Singh is winning. He is the health minister also but they didn’t give him the ticket. He has worked so much for the state,” said a protester.

Supporters shouted slogans against Kumar and alleged the tickets for the upcoming assembly elections were sold.

Similarly, many senior party functionaries of BJP including six time legislator Chandra Mohan Rai were not issued ticket for the forthcoming assembly elections.

Rai resigned from the core committee of the party and election committee on Tuesday (September 22).

The BJP will contest 160 out of 243 seats in the polls, leaving the rest of the seats for its ally parties. The other three regional parties of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will share 83 seats among them. BJP has so far announced tickets for 153 of its 160 seats.

On Wednesday (September 23), BJP members turned violent and tried to ransack the room after breaking the main gate of the party office.

Earlier, the workers of another regional party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had also demonstrated in front of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s bungalow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face a litmus test of his popularity as he tries to win power in Bihar with a promise of economic development in a region where caste allegiances are traditionally dominant.

The election will be a contest between BJP-led NDA and regional political parties that campaign for the empowerment of lower caste Hindus and the minority Muslim community.

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