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Dehradun, August 13
With Munna Singh Chauhan all set to rejoin the BJP in the coming days, the chances of home coming for rebels, who had left the party after they were denied ticket in the last Assembly elections or those who were expelled from the party recently, have again firmed up.
Though former Chief Ministers Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and BC Khanduri have been in favour of Chauhan’s return to the party fold, it now appears that Khanduri is also not averse to the return of the rebels. The BJP had expelled a few leaders for indulging in anti-party activities after they were held responsible for Khanduri’s defeat by the disciplinary committee.
“The move is welcome if the expelled leaders are ready and willing to work for the BJP and the party is also keen to take them back,” said Khanduri while interacting with mediapersons today.
Senior party leaders say the rebels have met central leaders in Delhi, including Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. They told the leaders that the BJP could have achieved the majority in the Assembly had ticket been distributed properly. Kazan Das and GL Shah and former party leader Kedar Singh Fonia had met senior BJP leaders in Delhi recently.
Besides Fonia, Raj Kumar, former MLA from Kedarnath who had left the BJP and fought the 2012 Assembly election as an Independent, GL Shah, former MLA from Pindar, and Shailinder Singh Rawat, former MLA from Kotdwar, are keen to rejoin the party. Rawat was even issued a show cause notice and expelled from the party on the report of the disciplinary committee in the aftermath of Khanduri’s defeat from Kotdwar.
Sources say while Chauhan’s reentry into the party is expected to shore up its prospects in Tehri, if the expelled leaders are taken back questions about discipline in the party will be asked.


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