May 18, 2016 4:43:56 am
Hours before the MCD bypoll results were announced, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) revoked the expulsion of Rajender Singh Tanwar — the independent candidate who was leading the election at ward number 176, Bhati.
Tanwar said senior party leaders called and asked him to join the party during the third round of counting. He was expelled from the party after he rebelled over not being given a ticket to contest the bypoll.
Over 9,000 votes were polled in Tanwar’s favour, helping him win against BJP’s Ishwar Singh. Saying he was “back in the family”, Tanwar said, “Party leaders called me and I was more than happy to come back. Even when they refused to give me a ticket, I did not say a word against the party. I was a Congressman and will remain one.”
Tanwar had fought on a Congress ticket during the MCD polls in 2007 and 2012 but lost both times. Tanwar said a mahapanchayat was organised on April 17 after which he was not offered a ticket. “Around 2,000 people from 36 communities came out to support me. They said they will help me win the by-election… ,” he said. “My focus is on providing proper sanitation and healthcare. The other priority is to set up schools in my ward,” said Tanwar.
“After Tanwar lost the previous two elections, I could not explain to the high command why I wanted to give him a ticket for the third time. So he rebelled and contested as an independent candidate. However, he has never spoken against the party or the leadership. So I… asked him to rejoin the party and he agreed,” said DPCC chief Ajay Maken.
(With inputs from Naveed Iqbal)
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