The crisis in the Bihar BJP blew over late on Saturday night when state party president C.P. Thakur withdrew his resignation from the post following talks with BJP national president Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur.
Confirming the development, Thakur told HT on the phone on Sunday that he would continue to lead the party in the assembly elections.
“Differences were resolved and Thakur has taken back his resignation unconditionally from the party post,” Gadkari said.
Thakur had put in his papers on Friday, complaining he had been kept out of the party’s electoral decision-making process by the rival party faction headed by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.
But Modi refuted those charges on Sunday.
“All BJP decisions are taken collectively, not by any individual,” Modi said.
“This process has been followed in the selection of party nominees for the state assembly elections.”
Thakur said as per the agreement reached in consultation with Gadkari, sitting MLA Anil Kumar would be the BJP nominee for the Bikram assembly seat in place of Ram Janam Sharma. This was one of Thakur’s main demands.
He, however, admitted it was “too late” for the party’s central leadership to accede to his demand for changing party candidates for some seats such as Bachchwara and Teghra.
“But the leadership accepted my larger position that there should be more transparency in the functioning of the Bihar BJP,” Thakur said.
BJP sources said Gadkari had indicated that Thakur’s son, Vivek, who was denied the Bankipur seat, would be “suitably accommodated”.
(with inputs from Nagpur)