BJP goes for 'secret ballot' to solve Modi issue
Trying to sort out the crisis in its Bihar unit, the BJP on Sunday went for a "secret ballot" before taking a decision on the demand for removing Sushil Kumar Modi as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
Fifty-three BJP MLAs and 14 MLCs from Bihar cast their votes at the party headquarters in New Delhi on whether they were satisfied with the present party leadership in the state.
Two MLAs, Ajay Singh and Sunil Kumar, did not attend the meeting called by the central leadership and did not vote.
"We were asked to cast our secret vote and leave the meeting one by one," Munni Devi, one of the MLAs, said.
After the counting of ballots, the party high command will take a decision on the matter by tomorrow.
Any decision would be arrived at only with the consent of party President Rajnath Singh, who is presently not in town, a senior BJP leader said.
Today's meeting was held under the observation of central leaders Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu.
Party General Secretary Vijay Goyal was also present in the meeting.
Dissidence in the state unit of the party came into light after a recent reshuffle of the Nitish Kumar-led JDU-BJP government in which some of the party ministers were dropped.
MLAs in the state unit have been demanding Modi's removal as deputy chief minister and had requested for the secret ballot fearing action against them if he is retained.