Jamshedpur: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former MLA from Jamshedpur West Saryu Rai today spurted out his resentment over the treatment being meted out to party workers at the hands of party higher-ups even as his party appears all set to take a final decision on naming the candidate from Jamshedpur seat.
“Party workers of grassroot level should be given due importance by the party officials. The dedicated and capable party activists should be given due respect and significance by the party leaders so that the party is able to deliver in the right way in the elections,” said Rai.
Asked if the reports of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MLA from Baharagora, Vidyut Varan Mahato, getting a BJP ticket to contest the polls from Jamshedpur, was a reason for worry, Rai said, “The party should not forget that there are capable leaders in its own fold who can deliver when it is time for them to show their full potential. Such leaders are there in Jamshedpur itself. We do not need to import anyone from outside at all.”
Asked about his own prospects as the right candidate from Jamshedpur, Rai said, “I do not mind contesting the Parliamentary election. I have been doing it all for the party till date. If asked I am ready to contest and I do not have any qualms in expressing it.”
Rai, however, stressed that former Chief Minister and ex-MP of Jamshedpur Arjun Munda should contest from Jamshedpur. “Arjun Mundaji should take the lead and lead our party to victory. After all, we need someone who is able to clinch maximum number of seats in the elections. Mundaji has proved this earlier on many occasions and I think no one else has any doubts about his potential,” Rai said.
Rai said he did not believe in pitching for himself to get a Parliamentary ticket. “I have been working like a dedicated party worker all this long. I really do not think it fit to vouch for oneself like many are doing ahead of polls. For me party and its ideals are more important than a ticket,” said the seasoned politician.
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