Jamshedpur: A day before the counting of
votes for Jamshedpur parliamentary bypoll, a senior BJP leader
and former Jharkhand Health Minister Dr Dinesh Sarangi on Sunday
resigned from the party’s primary membership and executive
"I have faxed my resignation to National BJP president,
Nitin Gadkari and a copy was forwarded to the state president,
Dineshanand Goswami, who was a party candidate for Jamshedpur
Lok Sabha bypoll held on July 1", Dr Sarangi said to a news agency.
Asked why he sent his resignation letter to the
national president of the party instead of state unit
president, Sarangi said he had discussions with Gadkari during
his recent visit to the steel city and had apprised him about
his problems in the party.
"I, however, had made it clear to him that I would not
take any decision regarding my stay in the party till the
bypoll was over", he said.
Sarangi`s resignation was a major jolt for BJP as he has
a strong base in Ghatsila sub-division.
Sarangi was the state health minister between 2000 to
When asked, BJP Jharkhand unit spokesman Amarjeet Singh
Kale said Sarangi was about to face disciplinary action after
bypoll result for indulging in anti-party activities.
Claiming that party will emerge more stronger, Kale said
"internal enemies were more dangerous for party than others
and Sarangi’s resignation will hardly make an impact on the
Earlier, Sarangi had expressed dissatisfaction over the
performance of BJP-led coalition government in Jharkhand.
Sarangi had represented the Baharagora assembly seat
before he lost to the JMM’s Bidyut Baran Mahto in the last
Sarangi regetted that he had been an obedient party
worker for long but party leadership kept on ignoring him
whereas no action was initiated against several indisciplined
party workers, who were rather rewarded by the leadership.
To a query about the performance of the Arjun Munda-led
coalition government, Sarangi said he was not satisfied with
it as people were fast losing faith in the government.
"I was really surprised to see BJP, which despite being
a national party, mortgaged itself to a regional party",
Sarangi said referring the party forging alliance with JMM in
The decision of the party leadership will prove
"suicidal" for BJP in the days to come, he warned while
expressing his dissatisfaction over the party central
leadership on the issue.
"Right now, I have not yet decided what to do next",
Saragi said when asked whether he had any plan to join Babulal
Marandi-led Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik).