Ranchi, May 3: Roshan Lal Bhatia, who has been suspended as a Congress working committee member, hit back at state party president Sukhdeo Bhagat today, accusing him of damaging Congress’s prospects in Jharkhand.
The former vice-president of Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) said he had written a letter to All India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi, urging her to remove Bhagat from the crucial office with immediate effect besides seeking an inquiry.
“The fate of the party in the state will be evident once the results of the elections are out,” Bhatia said at the news conference.
“I have been a committed worker of the party with no lust for post or power. I have worked for the good of the party and my statement is being misinterpreted. All I am saying is take stock of the developments around us and try to consolidate the position of the party, which has lost its lustre,” he stressed.
Also a builder, Bhatia drew the wrath of Bhagat and other party leaders when he claimed that the Congress had performed poorly in the first phase of Lok Sabha polling in the state.
His remarks were not taken kindly by the party bosses, who suspended him and issued a show cause notice on April 29.
Launching a tirade on Bhagat, he said that the state party president could not keep the veterans together and it was because of him that Christian leaders like Stephen Marandi and Niel Tirkey have left the Congress. “This has caused a dent in our Christian votes,” he added.