Intra-party squabbles in Bihar BJP
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 19:13
Patna: Ahead of assembly elections in Bihar, intra-party squabbles have surfaced in ruling BJP with its senior leaders, including actor Shatrughan Sinha and former state president Gopal Narayan Singh charging the party leadership with "slighting" them.

Sinha, once a star campaigner of the party, was peeved at being nominated as just a member of the state campaign committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

"A coterie has effectively taken over the party and even the party national leadership has accepted it without any interference...we feel sidelined", Sinha said, when approached for his comment on his inclusion as member of the state campaign committee.

"It is Sushil Kumar Modi who calls the shots within the party now with the help of some national leaders in Bihar, another party leader said" pleading anonymity.

Former state BJP president Singh said "Modi is destroying the party culture with the aim to turn it into his own pocket borough.

Singh identified Modi as "root cause of the problems within the BJP in Bihar.

Another senior party leader Chandra Mohan Rai, a former state minister, said "" I feel thoroughly marginalised in the present set up...leaders much junior to me are calling the shots in the party today..I have been a member of the state election committee since 1995, but I am no more its member this time.

When contacted, state BJP chief C P Thakur admitted that there were "some problems" within the party "but we are studying it case by case for reaching a conclusion.

“It will not affect BJP's poll prospects in Bihar", he said.


First Published: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 19:13

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