After Bihar debacle, BJP calls meet for rejig in Jharkhand

  • B Vijay Murty, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2015 11:26 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with chief justice of Jharkhand high court Virender Singh while Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das looks on, in Khunti . (Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

The drubbing in Bihar has set alarm bells ringing in Jharkhand BJP that had got 37 seats in assembly polls held last year and formed a government with the support of five AJSU Party legislators.

The worried BJP leadership in Jharkhand has called a meeting of its leaders from districts on Saturday to announce reorganisation of the party structure and douse resentment. Despite ongoing preparations for the Chhath festival, district leaders have been told not to skip the meeting.

BJP spokesperson Prem Mittal said the party’s organisational polls at block and district levels were due for long. “It’s high time we held the elections to charge up the teams working in villages. It has nothing to do with Bihar poll results.”

Sources in the party, however, said anti-Modi forces in the ruling alliance might use the Bihar debacle as an opportunity to pull down the government. Rumours are afloat that the AJSU Party might withdraw its support if it fails to get the BJP backing in the Lohardaga by-election slated for December 14.

Words are also doing the rounds that the six JVM-P legislators who had defected to the BJP after the polls are planning to return. AJSU spokesperson Deosharan Bhagat and JVM-P defector Amar Bouri, now a minister in the Raghubar Das government, refuted the talks as baseless.

The Lohardaga seat fell vacant after AJSU legislator KK Bhagat was convicted in an attempt to murder case. AJSU plans to field Bhagat’s wife and wants BJP’s support to score over the rivals.

In the assembly comprising 81 members, the ruling alliance has 48 legislators, seven more than the majority. However, if the AJSU Party withdraws support and the six JVM-P rebels have a change of mind, the Das government would be in for trouble.

Senior leader Yashwant Sinha’s rebellion has failed to find takers, either at the Centre or in the state. Leaders have said if Sinha was serious in holding Modi-Shah responsible for the defeats in Delhi and Bihar, then he should first ask his son to step down.

“You can’t do both -- criticise the government and simultaneously enjoy powers of the government,” said Abhay Singh Ujjain, a Pradesh committee member.

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