The BJP district unit on Friday boycotted the press meet of the party’s official candidate, Sunil Soren, in a mark of protest against his candidature from the Dumka Lok Sabha seat.
After the announcement of his name from Dumka, Soren held a press conference at Popular Club. However, not a single member of the district unit, including district president Dinesh Dutta, came forward in his support.
Soren was supported by dissidents, including former district presidents Binod Sharma and Munna Singh, whom the BJP had suspended for anti-party activities.
Both organised the first press meet of the candidate, along with those BJP workers, who had rebelled about five months ago.
“I would personally meet the district president as well as the office-bearers of the BJP in Dumka who did not come here to support me today,” Soren said.
Sources said the BJP in Dumka was a divided house. There are two groups here. One is being led by district president Dinesh Dutta and another by former district president Munna Singh. After the suspension of Singh, the entire unit was working under Dutta which might put the official candidate in trouble during the elections, sources added.
Soren appealed to the district unit members to come forward in the name of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He said Modi’s proposed Dumka rally on March 24 would be organised at Vijaypur football ground. Earlier, the party had announced that the rally would be organised at Gandhi Maidan. When asked, the district president said he had been informed about the press meet, but he could not be there due to some personal problems.
Sunil Soren’s profile
Sunil Soren was born on April 6, 1972 at Ramtarbanna village in Jama block of Dumka district.
His father, Sufal Soren, was a grade 4 employee of the health department.
He is an intermediate by qualification.
At present, he holds the post of the national secretary in BJP’s ST unit.
Soren started his political career during the 90s as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) block secretary of Jama block situated in Dumka district.
He quit the JMM in 2004 and joined the BJP.
He contested the assembly elections on a BJP ticket from Jama in 2005 and defeated JMM candidate late Durga Soren, the son of Sibu Soren.
In 2009, the BJP again gave him a ticket from the Dumka Lok Sabha seat against JMM chief Sibu Soren, but he lost.