In Himachal Pradesh, a tea shop owner has been made a candidate in place of BJP minister Suresh Bhardwaj for Shimla Urban seat. Bhardwaj has contested from Shimla Urban seat four times. Bhardwaj will now contest from Kasumpti seat after Sanjay Sood, who runs a tea stall in Shimla, got a ticket from Shimla Urban seat. Talking to news agency ANI, Sanjay Sood said, “I am grateful that BJP has made me a candidate to contest from an important seat like Shimla Urban. I am in seventh heaven because it is a huge honor for a small worker like me. I would like to say that working for BJP was a good decision.”
Sood said that he belongs to a very poor family and has been running his teashop since 1991. He told, “Earlier, I used to sell newspapers at the bus stand. Despite being from a poor family, the spirit of service always remained in my heart.” He credited his education to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Sood told that selling the newspaper helped him pay the college fees and this was the time when he got an opportunity to work in the student wing of RSS, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
He said, “I worked in the student council for five years but had to stop it due to financial issues. Later I worked as a medical representative for two years and after that I started a tea shop in 1991, which helped me to support my family. And it helps to pay their expenses. I don’t come from political background but I have a high standard of service and that is why I was sitting in the booth for Balakram Kashyap of Janata Party in 1977 when I was in school I have been working for it since the formation of BJP in 1980. Sood told that he was the general secretary of Shimla Mandal Urban before becoming the party’s vice-president. He later became the party’s media in-charge in the district. He said that while playing the role of media in-charge, the party gave me a ticket and I became a councilor of Shimla Municipal Corporation twice. After this I became the president of the Shimla unit of the party. Sood said, “Today I am happy that the party has declared me its candidate from Shimla. I cannot repay this debt of the party.”
Asked if there is any resentment among party workers over his candidature, Sood said, “I would like to say only one thing that no one with lotus flower (BJP’s election symbol) can be angry. It is only There is short time ‘pain’. It is natural if you don’t get what you want. I will meet all of them and I am sure that eventually all of us will work for lotus flower and win Shimla seat Responding to the surprising change in the candidature, BJP minister Suresh Bhardwaj said, “It is not a custom in Himachal to change one seat and fight on another seat. Certainly it is surprising.” Bhardwaj has been working for BJP since 1980. Before that, he was in the Janata Party. By the way, he said that Kasumpti seat is not far from Shimla and is not untouched.
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