February 3, 2015 2:04:55 am
The BJP’s reported attempts at trying to split the Congress Legislative Party in Jharkhand have not succeeded yet as it has fallen short by one legislator.
The BJP needs at least four of Congress’s six MLAs to effect a split without the anti-defection law coming into effect. While Manoj Yadav of Barhi, Nirmala Devi of Barkagaon and Bidesh Singh of Panki have informed the BJP of their willingness to move to their side, three others are either on the brink or have rejected the idea.
While the Congress can be assured of Pakur’s Alamgir Alam, Jamtara’s Irfan Ansari may move to the BJP and take Badal Patralekh along with him.
Congress leaders in Ranchi and Delhi insist its MLAs are not going anywhere. “Irfan is just bargaining for more posts. He is angry that he was not elected CLP leader, his father Furkan Ansari is behind it,” said a Delhi-based leader.
“Irfan is very much with us. He was with us when we recently met the Governor. This rumour is just BJP propaganda,” said Ajay Rai, Pradesh Congress spokesperson.
Irfan said he was unhappy with the district Congress committee of Jamtara and refused to speculate on his future in the party. “I will meet Rahulji tomorrow in Delhi and inform him of my grievances. I will tell him that the Congress in Jharkhand is promoting the wrong leaders,” he said. Patralekh, a debutant who owes his victory to Furkan Ansari, will accompany Irfan to Delhi.
Irfan claimed that the BJP was in touch with him. “They tell me they will make me the face of the party in the state. I have not given them an answer yet,” he said.
Rai claimed the rumour was a result of the Congress accusing the BJP of not expanding its cabinet. “The BJP is unable to control its ally, the AJSU. It is therefore unable to expand its cabinet and is offering those vacant posts to
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