Shimla, Jagran Team.

Finally, the Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party has taken action against Chetan Bragta. State President Suresh Kashyap has expelled Chetan from the party for six years. Chetan Bragta was the state convener of the BJP’s IT cell, but in the ongoing assembly by-elections, from Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency, he had nominated as an independent candidate for not getting a ticket. The Bharatiya Janata Party gave the ticket to Neelam Saraik. Wednesday was the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers and Chetan did not withdraw his nomination. Chetan is the son of late Jubbal-Kotkhai MLA and State Horticulture and Technical Education Minister Narendra Bragta. Several leaders including the Chief Minister had tried to convince him that he should withdraw his nomination. According to the release issued by the party, this action on Chetan has been taken on filing nomination against the authorized candidate of the party.

Bragta had become a contender for the ticket, Neelam got it

Supporters of Chetan Bragta say that he had been campaigning in Jubbal-Kotkhai for two months and hoped that BJP would give ticket to his son Chetan to fulfill the dreams of Narendra Bragta. Meanwhile, the party decided that it would not give tickets to the relatives of the deceased leader due to sympathy. BJP chose a woman candidate here and made the candidate Neelam Saraik. Narendra Bragta here

He is remembered as a pioneer in the field of horticulture.

Now it’s a triangular contest

Chetan Bragta, who came out as an independent candidate, is now pitted against Rohit Thakur of Congress and Neelam Saraik of BJP. Rohit Thakur is the grandson of Thakur Ramlal, the former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party was trying to get Chetan to file his nomination. Chetan filed his nomination. He was then explained that there was still time to withdraw the nomination.

Chetan supporters claim, had asked for tickets earlier

Chetan’s supporters claim that he was given assurance for the first ticket. Here people associated with the BJP claim that no one had assured the ticket because the high command looks at many aspects in the candidate selection. Whatever it is, it remains to be seen what the mandate remains in Jubbal Kotkhai.

Edited By: Navneet Shrama