In a major embarrassment for the BJP ahead of the crucial Bihar assembly polls, its Member of Parliament from Bihar, RK Singh has alleged that the party tickets were “sold” to “criminals” after denying those to sitting MLAs and genuine workers. The BJP, however, was quick to denounce the charge as “baseless and unfortunate”.
“Criminals have been given tickets even before they joined the party. This is injustice to the people of Bihar who have been betrayed. Some people have sold tickets. What is this? How will we get clean administration?” RK Singh told the press on Saturday.
RK Singh, former Union Home Secretary during the UPA government, had joined the BJP soon after hanging his bureaucratic boots in December 2013. He had them successfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as a BJP candidate from Arrah, beating his nearest rival by a big margin of over 1,35,000 votes.
Visibly angry over the ticket distribution by his party for the Bihar polls, he even went on claim that criminals were rewarded with tickets by BJP there remained no difference between it and Lalu Prasad, whom the party has been targeting over ‘jungle raj’.
“You have given tickets to criminals. How will you give a clean administration in Bihar. We as residents of Bihar are concerned. What is the difference between you and Lalu Prasad,” Singh added.
However, responding to Singh’s comments, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said tickets were distributed “fairly” after considering all aspects.
“In BJP, wherever there is ticket distribution, it is done fairly and after considering all aspects. As far as Bihar is concerned, the BJP-led NDA will win a comfortable majority. It has the support of the people of Bihar,” Rajnath Singh said.
Reacting sharply to the charge, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli described RK Singh’s statement as “unfortunate”.
“It is his personal view. The central leadership of the party collectively takes decisions as ours is a democratic party. Singh’s views do not reflect in any way how the party functions,” Kohli said.
Though the statement is seen by many as “ill-timed” and “damaging”, the BJP is unlikely to take any action against RK Singh till at least the Bihar polls. The much debated assembly polls are slated to begin from October 12 and the results will be declared on November 8.
(With inputs from the PTI)