Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad faced angry protests from his own party supporters on Tuesday as he arrived in Patna. Waving black flags, angry BJP supporters chanted ‘Ravi Shankar Prasad, go back, go back!’
Agitating BJP workers, according to news agency ANI, were supporters of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP RK Sinha. The protesters also chanted ‘RK Sinha zindabad’ slogans in favour of their leader.
One protester said, “ye hawa hawai neta hain, inke paas koi karyakarta nahi hai. (These leaders live in thin air. They don’t have any workers with them.)” Another protester said that the party had given a ticket to a wrong candidate.
Prasad was named the BJP candidate from Patna sahib in place of Shatrughan Sinha, who has fallen out of favour with the BJP leadership because of his constant criticism of the government policies in the last five years.
Another significant name announced by BJP’s Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav was Nawada MP Giriraj Singh, who was named the party’s Begusarai candidate. His Nawada seat has been given to Lok Janshakti Party as part of the seat sharing deal. The LJP has fielded Chandan Kumar from here in this year’s parliamentary polls.
Singh has, however, reportedly refused to contest from Begusarai and accused the party leadership of hurting his self-respect. “My self respect is hurt that no other MP’s seat was changed in Bihar. It was decided without talking to me. State BJP leadership should tell me why was it done. I’ve nothing against Begusarai but I can’t compromise with my self-respect,” he was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
#WATCH Group of BJP workers protest outside Patna airport, raise slogans “Ravi Shankar Prasad, go back, go back! RK Sinha (BJP Rajya Sabha MP) zindabad, zindabad!” #Bihar #LokSabhaElections pic.twitter.com/mFBHaGdiCD
— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2019