BJP central leadership asks dissidents in Bihar to halt agitaiton

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Patna, May 1 (UNI) BJP Parliamentary Board has directed the dissident members of BJP in Bihar to defer their agitations in view of the Karnataka Assmebly elections.

The dissident group, comprising senior-most leaders from the state unit were camping in New Delhi for the past few days to draw attention of the central leadership towards their demands to sack Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

However, expressing faith in the central leadership's decision, the dissident group agreed to stall their agitation until the Karnataka Assembly elections to be over as they felt that the leadership was convinced with their viewpoint and would take their decision after Karnataka elections.

One of the prominent leaders of the party and former BJP state president Gopal Narayan Singh, while on his way back to Patna, said that they would wait for the elections to be over. He said that during the meeting, the central leaders assured them of holding a party Parliamentry board meeting to settle the issue.

Mr Singh said that for the sake of the party, they have for the time being put their agitation on the back burner to cooperate with the central leaders busy in the assembly elections of Karnataka.

Meanwhile, sources close to the rebel group said that they were adamant on their demands and added that once Modi was removed the party would sweep in the elections in Bihar. The dissidents were demanding removal of Mr Modi as well as party state president Radha Mohan Singh for their dictatorial attitude, added the source, saying that they were united on this matter.

Once all the MLAs and former Ministers, who were sacked in the recent cabinet expansion, were back the rebel group would hold a meeting to decide the future course of action, informed the sources.

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