BJP rebels up in arms against Bihar leadership

Written by Mukesh Ranjan | New Delhi, May 20 | Updated: May 22 2008, 03:23am hrs
Rebels in the Bihar unit of BJP are once again spearheading against the leadership in the state. The rebel leaders, who have been up in arm against senior BJP leader and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi for unilaterally axing two party ministers from the Nitish government and shuffling of portfolios of a few ministers, will be coming here this weekend to seek the central leaderships intervention.

The dissidents are annoyed with Modi for what they called surrendering to the CM during recent reshuffle and also giving a free hand to Kumar on key policy issues.

On April 29, the partys central parliamentary board under the chairmanship of BJP president Rajnath Singh had decided to take a final call on the issue after Karnataka polls were over, which come to an end on next Thursday.

The move, in the party circle, was, however, seen as an attempt by the central leadership to buy time and in the process see to it that an amicable and respectable solution to the imbroglio is arrived at. But party insiders feel that even after 20 days have lapsed since the CPBs meeting, the tempers and differences within the Bihar unit have continued to haunt.

Given the fact that BJP is gearing up to take on the UPA at the national level, a prolonged tussle in the state unit will have detrimental impact on its fortune in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Bihar accounts for sizeable 40 Lok Sabha seats.

Attempts for dousing the controversy of the leadership issue have so far been made through collective approach, sources in the party, however, said that time has come when BJPs prime ministerial candidate LK Advani had to fire the blow to settle the issue.