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Posted at: Apr 23, 2019, 1:00 PM; last updated: Apr 24, 2019, 7:08 AM (IST)

Hans is BJP candidate from Delhi; sitting MP Udit Raj miffed

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 23

Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans is the BJP candidate from the North West Delhi seat.

The singer claimed that he was told by the party that he would be the candidate from the North West Delhi.   

Hans Raj Hans had joined the BJP in 2016 after ‘ditching’ the Congress.

Miffed sitting MP Udit Raj said on on Tuesday morning that he would quit the party, but later in the evening he backtracked, saying he had yet to take a call.  He said: "I will not contest as an independent candidate. They (BJP) are forcing me to leave the party but I have not taken a decision on quitting. I will consult my supporters across the country". 

Talking about the possible reasons why he was denied a ticket, Raj said: "When there was bandh in 2018 on SC-ST amendment I protested, that's why the party leadership seemed to be unhappy with me. When there was no government recruitment happening, was I not supposed to raise the issue? I will continue to raise the issues of Dalits".  Raj said three to four months ago Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had told him, that he would not be given a ticket. “I am the best performer in the BJP's internal survey. Nobody talked to me on denial of ticket. If I have faith in Modi and Shah, they should have told me that I would not be given ticket. I have not resigned yet. Showing faith in Modi, we had merged our party with the BJP. Why am I being punished?" he asked.

Raj added the title 'Chowkidar' to his Twitter profile later on Tuesday, hours after deleting it.  

On the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, supporters of Raj and Hans had raised slogans at the Delhi BJP office on Pandit Pant Marg here.

Raj, along with supporters, had reached the office after hearing about Hans being considered by the party.

Raj had merged his Indian Justice Party (IJP) with the BJP and contested the Lok Sabha election from northwest Delhi in 2014.

Raj claimed Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had assured him of a ticket from northwest Delhi. Raj said he is in contact with senior party leaders Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley in this regard.

The BJP MP has been a vocal supporters of Dalits and has often held views contrary to the party's stand, especially during the the Sabrimala issue and 'Bharat Bandh' called by Dalit organisations last year. 

He had said in a tweet on Tuesday morning :"I am waiting for ticket if not given to me, I will do goodbye (sic) to party".  With PTI inputs 

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