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BJP’s Jharkhand in-charge meets ex-CM Arjun Munda

Pandey met Munda at the latter’s residence in Ranchi and discussed with him about Jharkhand’s poll scenario and political developments.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 14, 2019 11:33 IST
Bedanti Saran
Bedanti Saran
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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BJP’s Jharkhand Lok Sabha election in-charge Mangal Pandey (right) meeting with former Chief minister Arjun Munda at his Munda's residence in Ranchi(HT)

Ranchi: BJP’s Jharkhand Lok Sabha election in-charge Mangal Pandey on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with former chief minister and senior BJP leader Arjun Munda, besides holding meetings with Lok Sabha election in-charges to discuss preparedness for the upcoming general elections.

Pandey met Munda at the latter’s residence in Ranchi and discussed with him about Jharkhand’s poll scenario and political developments.

“Since it was a closed-door meeting, we anticipate that discussion must have taken place about candidate selection for the upcoming polls,” said a party insider.

As election dates near in the state, a turf war has ensued between probable contenders for the Lok Sabha seats. The names of these contenders would become more clear on March 16, when the state’s BJP election committee would meet to discuss the issue.

The committee is expected to shortlist names of probable candidates for each constituency. It will send its list to the central committee to take a final decision.

The three-time former chief minister, Munda, is one of the top leaders in Jharkhand’s BJP and he is the party’s most popular tribal face.

After Pandey’s meeting with Munda, several party leaders, including some MPs, visited Munda’s house throughout the day for a private audience with him. Prominent among the day’s visitors was Palamu MP, Vishnu Dayal Ram.

Pandey convenes meeting with LS in-charges

Later in the day, Pandey also convened a meeting with all Lok Sabha in-charges at the BJP headquarters. State BJP president Laxman Gilua and general secretary (organisation) Dharmpal Singh also attended the meet.

“He took stock of the ground level planning and stressed on strengthening the booth level preparations. He also reviewed the progress of different election related programmes launched by the party earlier and briefed Lok Sabha in-charges about the strategies to be adopted to make a clean sweep in all 14 Lok Sabha seats,” said BJP’s state general secretary Deepak Prakash.

Disgruntled Saryu Roy meets Pandey

The disgruntled food, public distribution and consumer affairs minister Saryu Rai met Pandey on Wednesday to apprise him about the problems he was facing with the incumbent government led by chief minister Raghubar Das.

Earlier, Rai had commented that he felt embarrassment working with Das. He also threatened to resign from the post of cabinet minister but on the assurances of senior leaders, withdrew his decision.

“I met Mangal Pandey and registered my complaints with him. He assured me that he would discuss the issues with party’s national president Amit Shah and sort them out. He told me that it might take some time due to Shah’s busy schedule, as elections are near,” Rai said.

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 11:33 IST