‘Don`t put RS ticket on sale’ chorus grows in BJP

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 19:04

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.
At the parliamentary party meeting, Sinha was supported
by a number of other MPs, with some of them even levelling
allegations that the party had "sold" the Rajya Sabha ticket.

The denial of ticket to Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya
Sabha S S Ahluwalia, MP from Jharkhand, also figured
prominently in the meeting with members expressing their
displeasure.

Shanta Kumar, BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh, said
Ahluwalia was an effective leader in the Upper House and
should have been given another term. The fact that no
candidate has been put up by BJP from Jharkhand and instead
Mishra will be supported further angered these leaders.

Bhola Singh, MP from Nawada, said the conscience of the
party is "dead and it is bowing to money power".

Parliamentary Party Chief L K Advani had to intervene
after several MPs voiced their concern and assured the members
that he would take up the issue with Gadkari, who is away in
Mumbai.

Aaonla MP Maneka Gandhi urged that the Central leadership
end the crisis in Karnataka and look into the demands of
Yeddyurappa.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 19:04

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