BJP having edge in Jharkhand: Shahnawaz

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 18:34

Patna: Slamming the Congress and RJD for
supporting the erstwhile Jharkhand ministry led by Madhu Koda,
now under scanner by the income tax department, senior BJP
leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on Wednesday said the party had an edge
over other parties in that state.

"The Congress and RJD are equally responsible for
backing Madhu Koda, now under I-T scanner.... Had these two
parties not supported Koda, he would not have been the CM of
that state," Hussain told reporters here.
"The BJP has an edge over rest of the parties in
Jharkhand. It is all set to form its government to rid the
state of corruption, naxalism and other ills by providing
clean administration," Hussain claimed.

The BJP leader said the party has released a list of 55
candidates for upcoming Jharkhand Assembly polls and hoped
that the talks underway in New Delhi with JD(U) national
president Sharad Yadav would sort out the differences, if any,
on seat-sharing on the rest of the seats.

‘No change in BJP leadership in Bihar’

Ruling out any change in the party`s
leadership and removal of S K Modi as Bihar Deputy Chief
Minister, senior BJP leader Sayed Shahnawaz Hussain said
no such demand was under consideration at top level.

"There is no plan to change Modi...the party`s national
leadership has not received any such demand from any section,"
Shahnawaz told reporters here.

Modi said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ruled out the
possibility of enacting any legislation to protect

A section of the party leaders had demanded Modi`s
removal following his reported statement to cover
sharecroppers under the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme.

Accusing the Centre of "neglecting" Bihar, Hussain said
the NDA MPs would continue to raise issues related to the
state`s development in the forthcoming session of the

He said the issue of securing special status for Bihar
would top the agenda of the NDA MPs.
‘Jaswant did not oppose Advani`s rath Yatra’

The issue of L K Advani`s rath
yatra and the party`s pact with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, were
`after thoughts` of expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh, senior
BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain claimed today.

"These are after-thoughts and have no merit. In fact,
Jaswant Singh, whom I respect a lot, never voiced opposition
at any level in the party against our leader Advani`s ratha
yatra," Hussain told reporters here.

"Jaswantji also did not utter a word about the party
aligning with the Sena in Maharashtra," he said.

Referring to Jaswant`s advocacy for Muslims in India,
Hussain said "I have also never heard Jaswantji raising the
issue related to Muslims when he was in the party.

"The BJP has done a lot for Jaswant Singh, who instead
of working for the interests in the party, wrote a book. The
party rewarded him with posts and in turn, he should have
shown interest for its growth," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 18:34

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