BHAGALPUR (TIP): Disgruntled BJP leaders in Bihar’s silk city, Bhagalpur, have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning him for calling Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi ‘shahzada’ when his own party is promoting nepo-tism in the state.
In his election speeches, Modi often takes a dig at the alleged dynastic politics promoted by Congress calling Rahul shahzada – an Urdu word for scion of an imperial estate – and accusing the Gandhi family of usurping reigns of the party. The word that he has been using to describe the Congress vice-president and Sonia Gandhi’s son often earns him lots of applause at rallies.
Little did Modi know that the word be used by his own party men to attack him during the on-going campaigns for the tough Bihar elections where at least five senior leaders have managed tickets for their sons overlooking several leaders who say they deserved the tickets and have contributed a lot to the party.
The decision has triggered protests in Bharatiya Janata Party units at Bhagalpur, Brahampur, Digha, Agiaon and Meenapur where sons of senior BJP leaders like Ashwini Choubey, CP Thakur, Ganga Prasad, Muni Lal and Dinesh Khuswaha have been fielded by the party.
In Bhagalpur assembly constituency, that will vote in the first of five phase Bihar polls slated October 12, the BJP Mahanagar president, Vijay Sah, revolted against the party’s decision to field former health minister Ashwini Choubey’s 35-year-old son, Arjit Saswat Choubey, and filed his nomination as an independent candidate.