Patna, Jan. 18: Supporters of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in Bihar today sought to make their presence felt at the BJP’s function here to formalise the election of Mangal Pandey as the party’s Bihar chief.
Several workers and district office-bearers chanted slogans in his favour despite the BJP high command backing deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi’s choice — Pandey — for the party’s top post in the state.
Ignoring the slogans, Bihar’s Modi highlighted the party’s success after the alliance with the JD(U).
Not just the BJP foot soldiers, some top-rung state leaders also obliquely backed the Gujarat chief minister as the party’s prime ministerial candidate. Former chairperson of Legislative Council Tarakant Jha said the country had decided who to make the next Prime Minister.
“But I will not say the name because it evokes controversies,” he said, triggering a round of slogans in favour of the Gujarat chief minister in the presence of the Rajya Sabha member, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sushil Kumar Modi, and MPs Rajv Pratap Rudi, Shahnawaz Hussain and Shatrughan Sinha.
Animal and fish resources minister Giriraj Singh echoed Jha.
Referring to the cancellation of a dinner by chief minister Nitish Kumar for the top BJP leaders, including Modi, in June 2010, the outgoing BJP state president, C.P. Thakur, said Narendra Modi should visit Bihar as his feast was still due.