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Sinha snubs role of ally

Hazaribagh, Dec. 16: Hazaribagh MP Yashwant Sinha today said he was not in favour of making compromises to save the BJP-led government in Jharkhand, refusing to be drawn into a response against “minor” Ajsu leaders who have labelled charges against him.

Speaking to The Telegraph at BJP’s town office Atal Bhavan this morning, the party veteran admitted there was anger among his supporters against Ajsu — a partner in the ruling coalition.

The BJP veteran said he was not bothered by Ajsu leaders, including deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto and labour minister Chandra Prakash Choudhary, who had accused him last month for lack of development in his constituency.

“I don’t want to comment against a minor party like Ajsu,” he added.

The former external affairs minister stressed that the BJP was not running the state government in order to make compromises.

“We will not continue to run the government if on a given day we feel that there is no visible development. But once Arjun Munda returns from abroad, I will have a discussion with him on the matter.”

Sinha said the BJP’s hunkar rally in Ramgarh on December 21 was not merely in response to Ajsu charges against him. The rally would be against parties that were involved in corrupt practices, he said, adding the BJP would show its strength on the occasion.

The BJP has decided to organise rallies in various parts of India after the end winter session in Parliament ends on December 20 to protest against rise in prices and the Centre’s decision to allow FDI in retail. “Ramgarh will host the first of the rallies,” Sinha added.