The BJP on Friday announced the second list of 28 candidates for next month's Assembly polls in Telangana but it triggered angry protests and attack on the party office by those denied ticket.
The differences in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out in the open after the party leadership cleared the second list for the December 7 election to 119-member House.
Party spokesperson K. Naresh was furious over the denial of ticket from Serilingampally constituency. He and his supporters staged a sit-in at the office of BJP's state headquarters.
Naresh alleged that the leadership ignored him to give ticket to G. Yoganand, a realtor who joined the party only three days ago.
He wanted the leadership to spell out the reasons for giving ticket to Yoganand and demanded that it change its decision.
The BJP faced the ire of another leader for denying him ticket from Nizamabad Urban constituency. Angry over the party's decision to allot ticket to Y. Lakshminarayana, Suryanaryana Gupta's supporters attacked the party office in Nizamabad town and ransacked it.
The protestors damaged window panes, chairs, television and other items in the party office. The candidates announced by the BJP on Friday included two Muslims, one of them a woman.
Syed Shahezadi will contest from Chandrayangutta constituency in Hyderabad. This constituency was represented by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in the dissolved Assembly.
Haneef Ali has been named the candidate from Bhadurpura, another MIM stronghold. BJP's senior leader Baddam Bal Reddy will contest from Rajendernagar.
The party had announced the first list of 38 candidates on October 20. With the second list, it has so far declared candidates for 66 seats.
The BJP, which had an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 2014 elections and had won five seats, is going it alone this time.