RS polls: Sinha objects to BJP support to independ

Rift in BJP over its decision not to field any candidate from Jharkhand for the RS elections came to the fore with senior leader Yashwant Sinha.

New Delhi: Rift in BJP over its decision not to field any candidate from Jharkhand for the Rajya Sabha elections came to the fore on Tuesday with senior leader Yashwant Sinha saying he was "pained" by the party`s support to an independent candidate and seeking corrective steps.
Sinha raised the issue of BJP`s tacit support to independent candidate Anshuman Mishra at the Parliamentary Party meeting this morning and said someone from the party should have been fielded.
He sought the intervention of senior BJP leader L K Advani who promised to speak to party President Nitin Gadkari.

"I have come across information according to which a certain person who has filed his nomination in Jharkhand as an independent candidate is also being supported by the BJP.

"Six BJP MLAs have signed his nomination papers and top members of the BJP were present when this gentleman was filing his nomination paper. So a clear impression has gone that he is supported by the BJP," Sinha told reporters while referring
to Mishra.

Feeling "pained" by this, he said, "I believe if we had to put up a candidate, we should have put up a worker of the party who has spent not years, but decades working for the party and not brought somebody from the outside and imposed
him on Jharkhand and on the party."

Sinha said he had raised the issue at the meeting of the Parliamentary Party.

"I said that our MLA should not be put on the auction block to the highest bidder and I am very satisfied that Advani ji has promised that he will speak to the National President of BJP and try and sort out the issue," he said.

Sinha said he would wait for the outcome of this intervention by Advani and then talk to media, if necessary.