BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy in damage control mode over J’khand remark

Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 15:24

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap
Rudy on Monday sought to wriggle out of a controversy triggered by
his remark that BJP should sit in the opposition in Jharkhand,
saying it was his personal opinion before the alliance with
JMM was formed and he was firmly with the leadership`s
decision on the issue.

"At an ABVP conference in Kolkata on December 26 a
reference was made to Jharkhand where an opinion was expressed
that in absence of a full mandate, BJP should sit in the
opposition. This was prior to any decision taken in
Jharkhand by BJP," Rudy said here.

The Rajya Sabha MP maintained that at that juncture,
the BJP Parliamentary Board in Delhi was exploring three
options: staying out of government and sitting in the
opposition, supporting the government from outside, and
joining and being part of the government.

"The decision to opt out any one of them was left to
the central leadership visiting Jharkhand and consultation
with the state leadership," he said.

The senior leader said it was decided to form a
government in Jharkhand with JMM and AJSU after assessing the
ground realities.

"Party has taken a stand and I am with the stand of
the party," Rudy said.

Earlier, opinion was divided on the issue of forming a
government with JMM, with a camp led by former party chief
Rajnath Singh supporting the idea.


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First Published: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 15:24

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