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How Friendship with Nitish Kumar Didn't Bring Tickets for Saryu Roy BJP

2019 Jharkhand Election: Minister Jharkhand Saryu Roy has not received a ticket from the BJP


The old BJP leader and minister Jharkhand Saryu Roy were disappointed to not see his name in the list of the four party candidates for the five-stage assembly elections which began on 30 November. Roy, 68, indicated that he might fight his counterpart and Chief Minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur East.

Sources said the BJP would not give Mr Roy a ticket for consistent "anti-party" behavior that appeared to have disappointed leadership, including party president Amit Shah.

Roy hopes on Saturday that chief minister candidate Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Hemant Soren is "a bright future", a move that is seen as an attempt to arouse reaction from his own party.

Following a long wait for a ticket, Roy has now submitted a request to the BJP not to consider his candidacy for state elections with only two days left to submit a nomination.

Mr Roy has been credited with sending two former ministers to prison. He is known for exposing corruption in Bihar, now known as animal feed fraud, where Rashtriya leader Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Yadav is one of the most famous inmates. The BJP leader also played a role in exploring the mistakes made by former chief minister Jharkhand Madhu Koda in allocating coal blocks in the mineral-rich country.

Roy was upset with the BJP for welcoming into the party of a suspect in the fraud of procurement of the Rs 130 crore drug that broke out under the Madhu Koda government between 2006 and 2008.

Bhanu Pratap Sahi, who was mentioned in the billing statement for drug fraud, was also given a BJP ticket. What made Roy angry was Chief Minister Raghubar Das who started the Sahi campaign from the Bhawanathpur chair.

"After the meeting in Delhi where the names of the candidates were finalized, I was told by some of the leaders present at the meeting that besides other matters, Sahi did not like my friendship with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar," Roy told Roy. NDTV.

The source said, Sahi mentioned that Roy invited Chief Minister Bihar to the release of his book in December 2017, but there was already an NDA government in the state.

Roy, who openly defended Nitish Kumar when several BJP leaders – before chief minister Bihar returned to the NDA in 2017 – demanded that he also be tried in animal feed fraud. Mr Roy said there were no cases against Nitish Kumar.

BJP leaders then accused Mr Roy of protecting Nitish Kumar despite playing an important role in exposing several frauds since the 1980s.

With the BJP giving tickets to Sahi and amid Roy's rebellion, the opposition in Jharkhand is likely to increase their attacks on the ruling party.

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