Ranchi: The Congress today hinted that
there could be a shift in the BJP’s policy-making body, a day
after BJP leader Raghuvar Das revealed that he had received
phone call from a Nagpur-based party leader before party
president Nitin Gadkari asked him to resign as the BJP
Legislature Party leader on the night of September 6.
``The RSS had decided Nitin Gadkari to be the BJP’s
president and now the industrial lobby is taking decisions; it
seems there is a shift in BJP’s decision-making body,`` AICC
spokesman Mohan Prakash said.
``It seems decisions taken by outsiders are being
implemented by the BJP,`` Prakash alleged further.
Das, who on September seven told a news conference that
he had quit from the post after Gadkari had called him at 11
pm on September six and asking him to handover the mantle to
(Chief Minister) Arjun Munda, today also said that he received
another call minutes before Gadkari’s.
``Ajay Sancheti, who is a member of the BJP’s national
executive member, called me around 10.45 pm on September six
asking me to quit. But I told him I would quit if the party’s
president asked me to do. And I got a call from Gadkariji at
11 pm,`` Das said over phone from Jamshedpur.
Sancheti is reportedly a businessman from Nagpur.
The resignation of Das came amidst a sudden development
that saw Munda staking claim to form a BJP/JMM/AJSU/JDU
government, and subsequently took oath on September 11.
The Opposition in Jharkhand, meanwhile, alleged that
industrialists had played a role in the formation of the
eighth government and called for a “strong vigil on allotment
of mineral resources”.