Ranchi, April 13: Congress minister and Bermo MLA Rajendra Prasad Singh is caught between coalition compulsions and a furious son.
Jaymangal Singh, alias Anup, resigned as the state Youth Congress president yesterday, apparently upset over his father campaigning for JMM candidate and his arch rival Jagannath Mahto in Giridih constituency.
“I have resigned from the post, but will continue to serve the party. My conscience doesn’t allow me to stand and campaign for a man (Jagannath) who assaulted my family and tried to implicate us in criminal cases,” Anup said.
There has been no confirmation from the party leadership yet on whether his resignation has been accepted.
Even father Rajendra Prasad refused to comment.
It is known that Anup wanted to contest from Giridih on a Congress ticket and was upset with the party’s decision to leave the seat for ally JMM.
Jagannath happens to be the JMM MLA from Dumri. Rajendra Prasad and Jagannath camps have been personal and political rivals. But as JMM nominee, Jagannath is a combined UPA candidate, no matter how acrimonious the personal equations between the two MLAs.
Rajendra Prasad, a minister in the Hemant Soren-led coalition government, tried to keep Anup under check, but to no avail. Anup continued to play spoilsport, asking youth Congress members to stay away from JMM campaigns.
What fuelled his anger was his father canvassing for the JMM following the decision of the Congress high command, ignoring Anup’s objection.
Party insiders revealed Anup had arguments with his father on the issue.
The JMM’s move to poach and field youth Congress leader Vijay Hansdah from Rajmahal agitated Anup further.
Anup had barely two months to complete his tenure as the state youth Congress chief. Therefore, his resignation may not have much impact on state Congress or its youth wing.
The central leadership has not been happy with Anup for defying the party’s official stance on the alliance with JMM.
A senior Congress leader said, “The resignation is his decision, prompted by personal aspirations. He doesn’t want his father to campaign for (Jagannath) Mahto.”
Some party leaders, however, pointed out that his defiant posturing might sour Congress ties with JMM.
l Giridih votes on April 17