Discontent in Bihar BJP after its electoral tie-up with LJP and RLSP on Tuesday came to the fore with some powerful upper caste leaders complaining to the central leadership that they were not involved in deciding tickets for the Lok Sabha polls.
The leaders including C P Thakur, Giriraj Singh, Ashwani Kumar Chaube and Amrendra Pratap Singh expressed displeasure with the former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi at a ‘Chai pe charcha (discussion over tea)’ at Kargil Chowk.
These leaders, who were conspicuous by their absence at Narendra Modi’s rally in Muzaffarpur on Monday, are angry with Sushil Modi-led faction for “conspiring” to give away upper caste-dominant constituencies like Munger, Begusarai andNawada to the new allies – Lok Janshakti Party and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party.
In these seats they wanted to contest themselves or seek tickets for their kin. Giriraj Singh, a Narendra Modi follower, said he and some other leaders had met the Gujarat Chief Minister at the airport on Monday during his brief stop over on way to Muzaffarpur for the rally and complained against Sushil Modi’s “domineering ways to marginalise them in the decision making process”.
Speaking to reporters, Giriraj Singh denied that he and other caste leaders were standing in unison to vent their ireat the state unit being commanded by Sushil Modi, though he did not hide his displeasure with him. Chaube and Thakur gave enough hints of discontent brewingin the BJP against Sushil Modi’s style of functioning, but expressed hope that all vexed problems will be sorted outamicably.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Nandkishore Yadav admitted differences of opinion within the party and said all leaders have a right to express their viewsas the BJP happens to be a democratic party. Yadav, at the same time, exuded confidence that all leaders will abide by decisions taken with regard to alliance with LJP and RLSP and work collectively towards catapulting NDA to power at the Centre.
Talking to reporters in Bhagalpur, BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahanwaz Hussain denied any difference in Bihar unit and said the decision on alliance and ticket distribution was the prerogative of central parliamentary board and one must abide by its decision.