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BJP shows off new faces

Ranchi, Aug. 1: The BJP received a shot in the arm today after heavyweights from RJD, JMM and JVM joined its fold along with their supporters.

State BJP chief Raghubar Das claimed that several other senior leaders from different parties too would join his party very soon.

The new faces include former urban development minister Bachcha Singh, who was elected to the Bihar Assembly from Jharia in 2000 on JD U) ticket. He also happens to be the younger brother of coal baron late Surajdeo Singh.

He parted ways with the JD(U) in 2005 and joined the RJD, after his sister-in-law Kunti Singh decided to contest the Jharia Assembly seat on BJP ticket. He though contested the Bokaro Assembly seat, but could not win.

As Dhanbad legislator P.N. Singh has now been elected to the Lok Sabha, it is widely being perceived that during the next Assembly elections, the BJP would allow Bachcha to contest the seat. P.N. Singh, too, extended warm reception to Bachcha while the later accepted BJP membership.

JMM central committee member Videsh Das and JVM(P)’s Uma Shankar Akela also joined the BJP today.

Membership drive

The Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha or the BJP (youth wing) took pledge to intensify its membership drive at the two-day state working committee meeting, which started at Chambers Bhavan in Bistupur today.

The youth leaders also focused on rampant corruption in the NREGS, rise in Naxalite activities and drought.

Its national president Amit Thakkar, vice-president and Jharkhand in-charge B.G.S. Rathore, national general secretary Sanjiv Chaurasia, and state and district functionaries attended the meeting.

Thakkar said they intended to intensify membership drive by adding 30 lakh more youths into the party fold. He added that youths were the future and it was necessary to give them an opportunity to join the political mainstream.

Senior BJP leaders, including Jamshedpur MP Arjun Munda, Das, senior functionary Dineshanand Goswami, Jamshedpur (West) MLA Sarayu Roy, are expected to attend the final day’s sessions tomorrow.

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