In what can be described as a damage control exercise, former Jharkhand chief minister and the senior BJP leader Arjun Munda rushed in Giridih on Friday to unite the disgruntled lot of party workers and office bearers of the district unit.
A file photo of BJP leader Arjun Munda. Photo: Biswarup Ganguly
Munda, who arrived here in the morning, held a closed door meeting with the BJP workers along with the dissident groups and urged them to remain united, not only to ensure victory of Ravindra Pandey and Ravindra Rai - the BJP contestants from Giridih and Koderma constituencies - but also of 'Mission 272' of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP.
Although there was no outcome of the closed door meeting, insiders claimed that the visit of Munda was an exercise to keep the BJP house in order, at least in Giridih.
Munda, who did not interact with the media much, said, "The entire country is reeling under numerous troubles. There is an urgent need of the country as well as the state to install efficient governments to ensure rapid progress. It is Narendra Modi and the BJP that can give stable governments to the country and the state as well."
He added that it was his personal efforts to inject fresh enthusiasm among the party workers.
More than 300 BJP workers, including state president and Koderma contestant Ravindra Rai, Giridih contestant Ravindra Pandey, district president Ashok Upadhyay and former Gandey MLA Laxman Swarnkar, attended the hour-long meeting that was organised at the Moti Picture Hall in Giridih.
Later, the former chief minister visited Deori and Gandey where he addressed the masses and party workers.