Amit Shah clears air over orchestrating defections 

Buzz in political circles continue on BJP’s role in orchestrating defections in Gujarat Congress camp and fashioning the split in Bihar's ruling RJD-JD(U) alliance.

Published: 01st August 2017 08:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2017 10:26 AM   |  A+A-

BJP national president Amit Shah addressing a press conference at the UP BJP office on the third day of his visit in Lucknow on Monday. | PTI

By Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Though refuted fervidly by the BJP chief Amit Shah, the buzz in the political circles on BJP’s role in orchestrating defections in Gujarat Congress camp and fashioning the split in RJD-JD(U) ruling alliance in Bihar just ahead of Rajya Sabha elections, is refusing to die down.

The BJP master strategist tried his bit to clear the air by claiming that the genesis of Gujarat Congress crisis lied in trust deficit among party leaders.

“Why are the MLAs locked up in a resort in Bengaluru, when Karnataka has a Congress government? It seems the party does not trust them, so they have been made captives,” he quipped.In a rebut to the charges of hobnobbing with JD(U) leadership in Bihar to pull the Mahagathhbandhan government down in the state, Shah flagged out the issue of corruption to prove that Nitish refused to  compromise with policy of zero-tolerance to graft and parted ways with Lalu Yadav who, along with his family, has been found neck-deep into corruption and number of misgivings.

“Nitish Kumar resigned himself because he didn’t want to continued with his corrupt alliance partner,” Shah stated adding that  BJP supported the former to ensure stability in the state where the government had yet to complete over three years in office.However, on the issue of prospects of Shivpal Yadav quitting Samajwadi Party to join the BJP, while Shah did not rule out the possibility saying: “We haven’t discussed about him yet.” Shivpal Yadav, on the other hand,  has been gravitating to the BJP of late. 

Sidelined in his party completely by nephew and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Shivpal’s dilemma resurfaced on Sunday in Delhi when he exhorted elder brother and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav either to take the party under his control or let him (Shivpal) go free with his choices.

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