BJP rules out change of leadership in Bihar

April 25th, 2008 - 7:17 am ICT by admin  


Patna, April 24 (IANS) In a setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dissidents in Bihar, the party Thursday ruled out any change of leadership in the state unit. Party general secretary and Bihar in-charge Kalraj Mishra visited Patna and managed to pacify the dissidents who were asking for the removal of state BJP president Radhamohan Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

Mishra told newspersons: “I told them all to stop it. There is no more question of changing the state leadership.”

He met every BJP legislator and elicited their views for strengthening the organisation. Mishra said senior party leaders like L.K. Advani and president Rajnath Singh had never discussed the possibility of changing leadership in Bihar. “We can’t think of it at this stage when the parliamentary elections are not far away,” he said.

Mishra said he would apprise the central leaders of the views of the party legislators and senior state leaders during a meeting in New Delhi Friday. “I will hand over a report to the party’s central leadership,” Mishra said.

Mishra said the state cabinet reshuffle exercise by Nitish Kumar, which caused heartburns for some BJP legislators, was done after consultation with the BJP central leadership and no state leader should be blamed for it.

BJP is a junior partner to the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in the ruling coalition.

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