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Khurana challenges Malhotra for electoral battle

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New Delhi, Apr 27 (UNI) Former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana today dared the only BJP MP from Delhi Vijay Kumar Malhotra to come forward for an electoral battle with him from anywhere in the capital.

Mr Khurana announced at a press conference that he would be contesting next election, be it for assembly or Lok Sabha, against Mr Malhotra to prove "who is more popular among the two in the people." Criticising Mr Malhotra for the continuous campaign against him that he was always longing for some big posts, Mr Khurana who had resigned from the party a few days ago, said he was saddened by such kind of propaganda. If he had been power hungry why would he have resigned from the Delhi chief Ministership after 2 and a half years, from central ministership after ten months and from Rajasthan Governorship after ten months, he said.

"It has really hurt me. I took all decisions to work for the party (BJP) and the present managers of the party consider it longing for power," he said.

The fact remained that Mr Malhotra was enjoying all the powers as the BJP Parliamentry party spokesman, Deputy Leader of the Lok Sabha, Chairmanship of the Standing Committee and he did not want any leader more popular than him in the Delhi, he said.

Mr Khurana said Mr Malhotra was instrumental in keeping him out of Delhi politics and it was he who persuaded Mr Advani to make him Governor of Rajasthan in 2004. "Is there any example that one has resigned from governorship to work for the party," he asserted Claiming that he had always treated Mr Malhotra as elder brother Mr Khurana said it was this reason that he had sent him to the Rajya Sabha from Delhi and made him Chairman of the Committee to study reallocation of industries.

The stalwart of Delhi politics, Mr Khurana said that he could understand why Mr Malhotra was prejudiced against him as his position in Delhi was becoming stronger day by day, while Mr Malhotra's "graph nosedived between 1980 and 1996,winning only one election." Mr Khurana considered Mr Malhotra responsible for the present situation in Delhi. He said if he had got his committee report implemented during the NDA regime things would have been different in the Capital. And perhaps there would had been no 'demolition drive' today.

He recalled how he as then Chief Minister had got potable water for Delhi which used to buy the commodity from Punjab in 1994 and blocked implementation of the Delhi Rent Control even as the legislation had been passed by both the Houses of Parliament and received presidential assent.

Mr Khurana maintained that he was not against the BJP and its ideology but the manner in which it ''was working now as a private limited company.'' He foresaw a very bleak future for the party if it did not change its style of functioning.

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