New Delhi: After BJP caught in a row over supporting his candidature for Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand, NRI businessman Anshuman Mishra has decided to withdraw his nomination.
Mishra will withdraw his nomination tomorrow, reports say. The development came after BJP directed its legislators to abstain from voting in the Kharkhand.
The decision was taken at meeting attended by senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Yashwant Sinha, Ananth Kumar and Ravi Shankar Prasad. BJP president Nitin Gadkari has given his consent to this decision.
"No member of BJP Legislative Assembly shall vote for an independent candidate Anshuman Mishra," party general secretary Ananth Kumar said after the meeting.
"In view of largescale horse trading and malpractices going on in the Rajya Sabha elections in Jharkhand, BJP has further decided that its members in the Jharkhand Assembly will abstain from voting in the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled to be held on March 30," he added.
BJP has 18 MLAs in Jharkhand Assembly.
BJP’s decision came after Mishra criticised senior BJP leadership including LK Advani and Yashwant Sinha.
BJP has been grappling with Rajya Sabha Rajya Sabha nomination woes in Jharkhand, following party’s “tacit support” to independent candidate Anshuman Mishra.
The party has not put up any candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections from Jharkhand and thereby ignored senior party leader SS Ahluwalia for re-election to the Rajya Sabha from the state.
In turn, the party had decided to support Anshuman Mishra, an NRI businessman.
Mishra`s candidature was supported by six BJP MLAs as proposers when he filed his nomination.
Ahluwalia, a Rajya Sabha member from Jharkhand, will retire on April 2. He gave an emotionally charged farewell speech in the Upper House on Wednesday.
Senior leader Yashwant Sinha, yesterday, said that he was "pained" by the party`s support to Mishra, an independent candidate.
The issue featured prominently in the BJP parliamentary party meeting yesterday, where several leaders requested the party top brass for “not to put Rajya Sabha ticket on sale.”