The rift between the Democratic Party's mainstream and its Young Turks widened yesterday with the withdrawal of Chan Kwok-leung from the poll campaign. Mr Chan walked out of a meeting at which members voted to finalise the list for the September election, saying core members were trying to ostracise anyone not in the mainstream. He was 'gravely upset and disappointed'. What upset Mr Chan, originally fourth on the party's list in the five-seat Hong Kong Island constituency, was that fewer than 100 members were present, but 224 absent members had authorised fellow members to vote for them. 'Three-quarters of those votes were from the mainstream,' Mr Chan said. 'The party is being dominated by a minority.' He did not say whether he would stay in the party. One Young Turk, Andrew To Kwan-hang, said: 'We feel deeply we're being suppressed by those in power to oust us from the party and from the election list. I think it's clear the leaders are trying to marginalise us. We've made compromises in the past but they neglected us and said we were radical. We don't think we'll make further compromises.' Albert Ho Chun-yan of the mainstream faction said: 'Chan's withdrawal took us by surprise as he has all along been lobbying for support from our central committee. But we respect his decision.' Dr Yeung Sum, also of the mainstream, dismissed Mr Chan's and Mr To's allegations, saying absent members were entitled to authorise others to vote on their behalf. 'Nobody's trying to ban anyone from taking part. All decisions are made through an open mechanism of voting and discussion,' he said. The finalised election list was also attacked by Albert Chan Wai-yip, who claimed the party intended to stop him from winning by placing him on a 'risky' list. Mr Chan, based in Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun, will run in New Territories West along with two separate lists led by Mr Ho and Lee Wing-tat - candidates expected to gain a large number of votes. 'Except for Tsuen Wan, I'm not being allowed to run in the districts I'm familiar with, such as Yuen Long. It's difficult to canvass in these new areas. I think someone doesn't want me to win,' Mr Chan said. But party secretary-general Law Chi-kwong said Mr Chan was as much of a draw card as Mr Ho and Mr Lee. 'We'll get more people to help him with his canvassing in Yuen Long,' Mr Law said. Dr Yeung denied that the accusations had widened the rift within the party. 'It is a matter of course for disagreements to arise when it comes to ranking in election lists. They only reflect that our party is democratic and of high transparency.' The party's list for Hong Kong Island is led by Martin Lee Chu-ming. Kowloon East and West are respectively topped by Szeto Wah and James To Kun-sun. New Territories East is led by Andrew Cheng Kar-foo.