Reprieve for Sushil, Rajnath to hold fresh round today

Written by Mukesh Ranjan | New Delhi, Jun 3 | Updated: Jun 5 2008, 03:37am hrs
Putting off a decision on the Bihar issue, the BJP central leadership on Tuesday asked party president Rajnath Singh to hold a fresh round of consultations with the senior state leaders to find a way out of the imbroglio.

The decision, which was taken at a parliamentary board meeting of the party here, means that deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi gets respite from being removed from the post in the state.

Briefing media after the meeting, party general secretary Arun Jaitley said, As it has been decided, president Rajnath Singh will invite senior leaders and MLAs of the state for discussion on Wednesday and after consulting them he will take the final decision.

When pointedly asked whether the decision will be taken on Wednesday itself, Jaitley said, necessarily it was not like that.

Party sources close to the meeting, however, confirmed that majority of the leaders in the parliamentary board were not in favour of replacing Modi and entrusted president to hold fresh consultations with the state leaders and find a solution, which does not set a precedent for the party.

The concern of the central leaders is that if they succumb to dissidents and remove Modi it will open Pandora Box for other states to go Bihar way. At present the party is having its own governments in seven states.

Citing example of the dissidence, which rocked Gujarat last year under the stewardship of party veteran Keshubhai Patel, many of the leaders in the meeting suggested that it was almost a similar case and as the party dealt with the situation there, should be replicated in Bihar.

Another section of the leaders in the meeting, though, were sympathetic towards the demands of the dissidents, they failed to project a viable alternative from among the state leadership to replace Modi.