BJP Shakti Sammelan gets off to flying start
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur: The BJP Mahanagar Unit organized Shakti Sammelan got off to a flying start at the Agrico Transport Maidan today but the seemingly widening glitch between Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Saryu Roy attained a magnifying dimension when the latter left the stage in a huff on hearing of Das’ impending arrival at the venue. Roy left the stage along with former State Chief Minister Arjun Munda. Munda, however, returned to take his seat on hearing the announcement that Raghubar Das had landed at the airport and he remained at the meeting throughout. But the seat next to Munda where Saryu Roy was sitting remained vacant. Seeing the action of the Food and Civil Supplies Minister, the party leaders present started discussing many possibilities.
Going by reports, Saryu Roy is not seeing eye to eye with the Chief Minister on policy matters and has been a constant critic of the State Government’s moves. Roy wrote to BJP president Amit Shah and sought permission to quit his ministerial post. He had even mentioned that he was ‘feeling ashamed’ to continue in the Raghubar Das government.
The political configuration of the Raghubar—Saryu hiatus was fanned further when Saryu Rai visited Arjun Munda at the latter’s Ghorabandha residence on Sunday evening. The party members felt that Saryu Rai had the backing of the former Chief Minister. The two saffron stalwarts had an hour long chat with each other.
Arjun Munda stated later that the discussions revolved on the issues already flashed in the media. “These matters have been discussed earlier too but there are other issues that have to be placed and sorted out within the (BJP) organization. I will, on my own behalf, place Saryu Roy’s observation in the organizational meeting,” Munda stated.
BJP state president and the party’s parliamentarian Laxman Gilua had already said that Saryu Roy had sent him a letter stating that the government officials did not pay any heed to him. Gilua mentioned, “I had placed Saryu Roy’s complaint before the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister had told me that we were all colleagues and that we would resolve the issues amicably. Later the Minister again wrote to me that no progress had been made on his issue.”
Gilua further stated that Saryu Roy had then informed the party’s central leadership about the various points of differences which he came to learn from the media. Regarding Roy’s meeting with Munda, Laxman Gilua answered that they were all colleagues and they must have met for discussions.