Choubey takes U-turn, says he is a core group member

Under pressure from the party central leadership, senior BJP leader and state PHE minister Ashwini Kumar today took a u-turn on his stand to resign from the party`s six-member core group in Bihar.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2010, 15:53 PM IST

Patna: Under pressure from the party central
leadership, senior BJP leader and state PHE minister Ashwini
Kumar today took a u-turn on his stand to resign from the
party`s six-member core group in Bihar.

"Who said I have resigned as the member of the core
group...I have not sent in my resignation to BJP president
Nitin Gadkari," said Choubey, who had yesterday announced that
he had submitted his resignation as member of the group.

Choubey, however, said he had raised objections over
the manner the Digha seat was allotted to the JD(U) without
consulting him and state BJP president CP Thakur.

Choubey demanded the NDA leadership reconsider its
decision on candidates for a few seats like Digha, Kochaikot,
Arwal, Aurai, Arwal and Narpatganj.

In reply to a question, he showered praise on Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy SK Modi saying there was
no need "to change the driver or assistant driver of the
development train since it has reached a steady pace."

Thakur too admitted having received Choubey`s request for resignation from the core
group.

Thakur said this was not the appropriate time to
precipitate any crisis and the BJP and JD(U) have strong old
bond which had always been successful - in past, today and
also in future.

PTI