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CP Thakur summoned to Delhi

Last Updated: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 15:24

Patna: BJP high command on Saturday summoned the party`s Bihar unit head CP Thakur and member of core group Ashwini Kumar Choubey, who had resigned from their posts ahead
of assembly polls in the state.

"I have been called by BJP national president Nitin Gadkari to discuss the issues raised by me... I shall be leaving for Delhi by the afternoon flight," Thakur told a news agency.

"I don`t want to precipitate any crisis at the crucial stage of elections... We have to ensure the victory of the NDA at all costs in the elections," he said.

Yesterday, Thakur and Choubey had sent their resignations to BJP high command apparently annoyed at their being ignored in decision making and giving Digha seat to NDA ally JD(U).

Asked whether he would take back his resignation, Thakur said, "Let me go to Delhi first and discuss the issue ... I think everything will be over when I return from Delhi
tomorrow morning."

To another question, he denied that he had resigned as he was angry over denial of ticket to his son for Bankipore or Digha seat but because his position was under attack.

"It is not at all true... I want inner democracy to prevail in the party and the core group members be consulted in the process of policy decision.

"I am not a man who will likes to be used as a puppet... I will always try to deliver for the party," Thakur said and expressed his gratitude to Gadkari for calling him to
Delhi for a truce.

"Everything will be sorted out today... There is no crisis within NDA," JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, who was among those to try to persuade Thakur to change his decision,
told here.

When contacted, BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi hoped that problems facing the party would be over soon.

Party sources had said Thakur had resigned as he was unhappy with the decision to allot Digha seat to JD(U) under the seat-sharing arrangements. He had wanted to his son Vivek to be fielded by BJP from either Digha or Bankipore.

Soon after meeting Thakur at his residence, Choubey, state Public Health Engineering Department Minister, said he too had tendered his resignation from BJP core group.


Asked whether he would campaign for BJP, Thakur replied
"not at this stage."

When contacted, BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain
said, "I want to clarify that there have been several seats
which JD(U) conceded for BJP during seat-sharing talks and
there have been several other seats on which the party has to
compromise in conformity with demands of electoral alliance.

"We will try to persuade Thakur to take back his papers,"
Hussain, also member of BJP parliamentary board, said.


First Published: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 15:24

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