Infighting comes to fore in HP after elections

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Dharamshala, Dec 29 (UNI) Former Himachal Pradesh education minister Vidya Sagar today sought action against party leaders and activists who had worked against him in Kangra constituency where he lost elections to BSP's Sanjay Chaudhary.

Before leaving for Shimla to attend Mr Dhumal's oath taking ceremony tomorrow, he told UNI here that had it not been for a few party leaders and activists who openly campaigned against him in the assembly elections, he would have emerged victorious Mr Sagar, a three-time former BJP minister, was relegated to third position by Mr Chaudhary, who had resigned from government service to contest elections from the BSP. He defeated his nearest Congress rival Surinder Kaku by over 1,800 votes.

The BJP leader said he had already informed the state party about the anti-party activities by a few leaders who had openly campaigned against him in the Assembly elections.

Thirteen BJP leaders had opposed the BJP's decision to field Mr Sagar from the constituency as he had contested the last assembly elections as an independent, which had led to the defeat of the party's official candidate.

''Manjhi jo naav duboye usey kaun bachaaye'' (who could save that boat which was being sunk by the boatman himself),'' he lamented.


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