Prayagraj: While the BJP has handpicked Rita Bahuguna Joshi as its Lok Sabha candidate from here, the decision has sent the Congress into a tizzy. Reports suggest that the Congress has even sacked a block chief as well on allegations of meeting with Joshi and convincing people in her favour.

The party also served a show-cause notice to a district level vice-president, said a report.

The reason for this upheaval could be Joshi’s long association with the Congress. While she headed the UP state unit of the party, she built relations with party cadre. So the high command now suspects that those workers may now be trying to return the favour by supporting Joshi in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

A local daily said that the party is even preparing a list of Joshi loyalists within the Congress so as to take action on them. In the recent past, the Congress has taken action against two office-bearers.

While Kaundhiyara block president Arun Tiwari has been sacked from the party for going all the way to Lucknow to meet Joshi, district vice-president Sant Prasad Pandey has been served a show-cause notice for gathering people to welcome Joshi on her city visit recently.

Pandey had been a close Joshi confidante. When she visited the city recently, her cavalcade saw many Congress workers, including women. Local media reports suggest the party could take action against them as well.