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Factions worry BJP in Dumka

Dumka, Dec. 20: Senior BJP leader Arjun Munda’s visit to Santhal Pargana turned out to be a reality check for the party leadership which seeks to ride on “NaMo wave” to win the ballot battle in 2014.

The prevailing factionalism in the party here not only reduced Munda’s three-day tour into a low-key affair, but also may cast its shadow on Narendra Modi’s December 29 rally in the state capital.

Munda, who arrived in Dumka yesterday to look into preparations for the much-hyped rally, had to remain content with around a 100-strong audience during the party meeting at Kunwar Singh Chowk last evening.

While the state BJP is going all out to make the Modi rally a grand success, a section of party cadres here are still finding themselves isolated from the party affairs.

The party units of most of the districts in Santhal Pargana have been divided into groups since state BJP chief Ravindra Rai effected a major reshuffle in the organisation around four months ago.

Sources said the growing gap, if not bridged immediately, might dampen the party’s poll prospect in the region.

The situation in Dumka is more alarming for the party as it may adversely hit the BJP in all the three Lok Sabha constituencies — Dumka, Godda and Rajmahal.

While JMM supremo Shibu Soren represents Dumka, BJP’s Nishikant Dubey and Devidhan Besra are MPs from Godda and Rajmahal constituencies, respectively.

Both Dubey and Besra are known to be close to former Dumka unit president Vinod Sharma.

The party units in Jamtara, Sahebganj and Deoghar are faced with similar problems after Rai replaced previous district presidents, ignoring opinions of party workers at the grassroots level.

In Sahebganj, he nominated Ujjawal Mandal to replace Patu Singh as the district president that saw 155 members deserting the party in protest.