BJP workers protest over tickets for Delhi polls

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) Over 20 supporters of BJP leader Sarita Choudhary protested at the party's state headquarters here after the party declined to field her for the Delhi assembly polls of Dec 4.

Choudhary, mayor of the South Municipal Corporation, was considered a strong contender for a BJP ticket from the Mehrauli constituency. The BJP decided to field Parvesh Verma from there. Disgruntled party workers said the man was an "outsider".

Verma, son of former Delhi chief minister Saheb Singh Verma, was expected to contest from Mundka, once the bastion of his father.

Waving black flags, party workers stormed the conference room in the party office, just as a press conference held there concluded.

State party chief Vijay Goel, Vijender Gupta and senior leader V.K. Malhotra fled the scene as the party's Delhi chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan was heckled.

Harsh Vardhan attempted to calm down the irate mob, but his words failed to have any effect, and he was escorted out by security guards.

The party Wednesday declared the list of candidates for 62 seats, of which four will be contested by its old ally, Shiromani Akali Dal.

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