Congress leader Anirudh Prasad aka Sadhu Yadav’s meeting with Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on Friday may have been meant to showcase the BJP campaign chief potential to ‘fish’ in the political waters of Bihar.
But this move of Sadhu, estranged brother in law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has caused as much consternation in the Bihar BJP, as it has in the Congress, the party he adopted in the run up to the 2009 Lok Sabha poll.
"There is no question of Sadhu Yadav being admitted into the BJP," Bihar BJP legislature party leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters on Saturday.
Reacting to Sadhu's meeting with the Gujarat chief minister, he said there was nothing political about the meeting. "Anybody can meet any other person”, said Modi, in Gaya, to attend the BJP’s state executive committee meeting.
"Neither has Sadhu Yadav expressed any desire to join the BJP nor has the party given him any such offer. So, where does the question of Sadhu joining the BJP arise?" he wondered.
Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, BJP’s Nand Kishore Yadav, echoed Sushil Modi’s views. "There is no chance of taking Sadhu Yadav into party fold," he said.
Sadhu’s new found ‘proximity’ to Narendra Modi, the man seen as the BJP’s likely PM candidate, has embarrassed Bihar BJP leaders who had earlier run a campaign against him.
In their campaign against Sadhu ahead of the 2005 assembly poll, which first brought the JD-U-BJP alliance to power in Bihar, BJP leaders had blamed Lalu’s ‘sala’ for his role in poor law and order situation during the Lalu Prasad-Rabri Devi rule in Bihar (1990-2004).
However, ahead of Narendra Modi proposed ‘grand entry’ into Bihar at the BJP’s ‘hunkar rally’ in Patna on October 27, his camp has been registering his presence in this state through interactions with non-BJP Bihar leaders.
Before Sadhu and former union minister Dasai Chaudhary met Modi, two JD-U sitting Lok Sabha MPs – Purnmasi Ram (Gopalganj) and Jainarain Nishad (Muzaffarpur), were also lining at his door.
Ram and Nishad met Modi’s close confidant, Gujarat Rajya Sabha MP Parshottam Rupala, at the latter’s New Delhi resident last Tuesday.
Rupala told HT, Friday, no political meaning ought to be read in the meeting. But he confirmed several non-BJP Bihar MPs were in touch with the Modi camp.
“This process has started. But there’s nothing definitive, as of now”, Rupala told HT.
Meanwhile, Bihar Congress chief Ashok Choudhary told reporters explanation was being sought from Dasai and Sadhu about their meeting with Modi.
“If they are found to be deviating from the principles and policies of the Congress, action would surely be taken against them”, the BPCC chief told reporters.
Sadhu reacted by saying he was a leader of his own public standing and couldn’t care less of what the Congress leaders thought of his action. He also said it was the country’smajboori (lack of alternative) to accept Narendra Modi as its leader.