BJP in trouble in Bihar, leaders meet RSS chief

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Patna, July 22;Stung by rebellion within the party, Bihar BJP top leaders on Monday met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here and discussed the political situation in the state.

The BJP state unit has accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of orchestrating the revolt. While one MLA has been suspended for six years, nearly a dozen BJP MLAs reportedly have complained against party leader Sushil Kumar Modi.

BiharS K Modi, party general secretary and in-charge of state affairs Dharmendra Pradhan, Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav, state party president Mangal Pandey and others met Mr Bhagwat over breakfast and discussed the latest developments.

Though the leaders were tightlipped about what transpired at the meeting, senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh told reporters, “Of course when we sit together there will be some talk on prevailing political situation.”

This was the first visit of the sarsanghchalak of RSS, which has lent its support to Narendra Modi in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, to Bihar since the ruling JD(U) walked out of NDA.

Mr Pandey, who has his roots in RSS, however, told reporters that it was a courtesy call.

BJP national vice president C P Thakur, general secretary Radha Mohan Singh and former minister Chandramohan Rai were also present.

The meeting between top BJP leaders and Mr Bhagwat is important considering the widening cracks within Bihar BJP with some more party legislators openly venting their anger on the inner party democracy and charging S K Modi with ‘hijacking’ the party.

The revolt was triggered by Amarnath Gami, BJP MLA from Hayaghat in Darbhanga, who was suspended for 6 years.

Mr Gami has claimed that a dozen BJP MLAs shared his view.

This claim has been dismissed by the BJP.

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