Ranchi, July 6: Former Chhatarpur MLA Radha Krishna Kishore in Palamau has deserted the Congress following rumours that he might be denied a party ticket for the coming Assembly elections.
Announcing his decision during an event in Palamau yesterday, Kishore said there was no place for dedicated workers in the Congress. “I was feeling suffocated in the party. Besides, the state leadership has been dropping enough hints that I may not get the party ticket to contest Chhatarpur seat. Quitting just before the polls would have created problems,” said Kishore.
Kishore represented Chhatarpur in Vidhan Sabha four times, thrice from Congress in 1980, 1985 and 1995, and once from once from JD(U) in 2005.
Earlier, he left the Congress exactly 10 years ago for the JD(U) to become Palamau’s MP, lost the Lok Sabha polls, but won the Chhatarpur Assembly seat. In 2010, he left JD(U) to re-join the Congress.
Now, the former MLA is alleging the state Congress is only interested in saving the Hemant Soren government to protect the interests of its own MLAs and certain leaders.
Speaking to The Telegraph over phone from Palamau today, Kishore said he had started preparing to contest the Assembly polls from his stronghold as an Independent, though he was not averse to joining another party.
Asked, state Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat maintained a studied silence on Kishore’s allegations. Party general secretary Alok Dubey claimed Kishore’s exit would make little difference. “He plays the politics of opportunism. During the recent Lok Sabha polls, he openly helped his brother-in-law V.D. Ram of the BJP win the Palamau seat,” Dubey alleged.