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Fight has just begun: MLAs spoil Samata unity facade

New Samata Party convenor Basishth Narain Singh tried to present a picture of unity here today even as others within the party vowed to take...

New Samata Party convenor Basishth Narain Singh tried to present a picture of unity here today even as others within the party vowed to take action over the ‘‘forced resignation’’ of Bihar unit president Raghunath Jha.

Samata MLC P.K. Sinha threatened at a press conference to go to the Election Commission over the dissolution of the Bihar unit committee and ‘‘interference’’ in the poll process within the party through the appointment of Singh as convenor to oversee the elections.

‘‘It is not the end but the beginning of the fight within the Samata Party to restore democratic functioning and to bring in transparency,’’ Sinha said.

He promised that a course of action would be worked out once Jha returned from his foreign trip.

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Sinha added that the events leading up to the resignation of Jha yesterday were unfortunate and that while Union Railways Minister Nitish Kumar was behaving like a Fascist, Samata Party national president George Fernandes was deeply pained. ‘‘Fernandes is in anguish. We are not going to compromise on this,’’ Sinha warned.

The MLA also charged that a section within the party was unwilling to take part in any movement against the RJD-led government. Responding to a question at another press meet, the new Samata convenor said that the Samata had always taken action against those who spoke out against party leaders and would do the same in the future.

First published on: 12-01-2003 at 12:00:00 am
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