Yashwant Sinha threatens to quit LS over Rai's appointment
Posted on: 05:33 PM IST Mar 11, 2013
New Delhi: Signs of cracks were visible in the main Opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yet again when its senior leader Yashwant Sinha threatened to resign from his Lok Sabha membership on Monday after Ravindra Rai was appointed the new Jharkhand party president. Sinha had made his opposition clear during the morning meeting of the top BJP leaders before the Parliament session.
Rai is close to former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda. Sources said the party president Rajnath Singh himself spoke to Sinha to placate him.
The party also appointed KV Singh Deo as Rai's Odisha counterpart on Sunday, ending speculation over these two key appointments. There were reports that Munda may be made Jharkhand unit president but he is likely to be made a general secretary in Rajnath Singh's team, party sources said.
Considered close to Singh, Munda is a tribal and will represent that constituency. Rai was earlier associated with Babulal Marandi, who left BJP to form his own party - JVM(P).
KV Singh Deo's appointment also sets at rest rumours that Dharmendra Pradhan, generalsecretary in former president Nitin Gadkari's team, may be sent to Odisha as state BJP chief. Singh Deo is a four-time MLA from Patnagarh in Bolangir district. He is a former minister and will replace Jual Oram as the state BJP Chief.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)