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Rift over veteran jab

Ranchi, April 12: A section of Congress leaders, upset at the unfavourable utterances regarding the party’s poll prospects in the state, has written a complaint letter to the party high command, highlighting the differences that exist between various camps of the party.

Sources said the letter was sent last evening, complaining against senior party leader Roshan Lal Bhatia’s assessment given to a section of the vernacular media on April 10 that the party would not win a single seat among Chatra, Koderma, Palamau and Lohardaga that went to polls on April 10.

State party spokesperson Shailesh Kumar Sinha justified the letter. “Bhatia issued his statement when party leaders and workers are busy campaigning and chalking out strategies. It has demoralised party men engaged in election work,” he said.

In his statement, Bhatia is alleged to have criticised the leadership provided by state party chief Sukhdeo Bhagat.

Bhagat could not be reached for comment as he was campaigning in the interiors. But, Bhatia, who has been with the party since 1972 and has held several posts in the organisation, defended his statement.

“Whatever I had said to the media on April 10 is correct. It is the need of the hour to speak the truth. The party is not going to win any of the four seats where elections have been held,” he told The Telegraph.

Bhatia, who was general secretary of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee and senior vice-president of Jharkhand Pradesh Committee, went on to criticise Bhagat.

“Bhagat, who got his initial training from RSS and BJP, is an intruder. He is biased because of which leaders like Stephen Marandi and Neil Tirkey have left the party and two emerging leaders, Bandhu Tirkey and Chamra Linda, did not get entry,” he said.


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