18.6 C
New Delhi
Saturday 7 December 2019
India Elections RS Prasad, RK Sinha factions clash outside Patna airport

RS Prasad, RK Sinha factions clash outside Patna airport

Caste consideration has been a significant factor in choosing a candidate for Patna Sahib. Only Kayasthas get tickets of prominent parties here.

Patna: Some disgruntled elements in the BJP, upset about the seat-sharing arrangement among NDA allies, are venting their frustration through violence. On Tuesday, at the Patna airport, a fierce fight broke out between two factions of the BJP, which ended only after the intervention of the police. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had reached Patna Airport where supporters of BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ravindra Kishore Sinha had been waiting for his arrival.

Sloganeering by the supporters of RK Sinha against Ravi Shankar infuriated supporters of the latter and soon a bout of fisticuffs broke out between the factions.

Sinha had been eyeing one of the two Lok Sabha seats, Patna Sahib or Pataliputra, for some years now. A source close to the Rajya Sabha MP and head of the private security company Security and Intelligence Services (SIS) said Sinha positioned the news agency Hindusthan Samachar of the RSS in a manner that furthers his electoral ambition.

In the name of promoting the agency and some magazines Sinha runs, he would engage in frequent photo-ops with different ministers for the past two years, with his nephew Vishal Sinha in tow, the source said. The idea was to get his son Rituraj Kishore Sinha the BJP nomination for either Pataliputra or Patna Sahib, the source said.

A source in the BJP said the chances of Sinha’s son getting a ticket slimmed after the SIS head’s name figured in connection with the Panama Papers scandal investigated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) whose report was published in The Indian Express.

Sinha had protested against the report via advertisements in newspapers, insisting that he was innocent. However, “although there wasn’t much merit to the report, it was terrible optics,” the source said.

A screen grab of the report of ICIJ on RK Sinha

The incident of violence between the supporters of Prasad and Sinha occurred outside the Patna airport. After the intervention of the police, the dispute was resolved. Later, Ravi Shankar Prasad left for party office.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has been made the BJP candidate from Patna Sahib, replacing rebel Shatrughan Sinha. While the ouster of the actor-turned-politician was certain due to his embarrassing attacks on the party leadership for some years, RK Sinha lobbied for Patna Sahib as Pataliputra was less probable, much as the Sinhas’ residence is in the Pataliputra area. Union minister Ram Kripal Yadav is the BJP candidate from Pataliputra.

Caste consideration has been a significant factor in choosing a candidate for Patna Sahib. Only Kayasthas get tickets of prominent parties here. Shatrughan Sinha and television personality Shekhar Suman, who once contested for this seat, are both Kayasthas. Ravi Shankar Prasad and RK Sinha are Kayasthas too.

Subscribe to our newsletter

You will get all our latest news and articles via email when you subscribe

The email despatches will be non-commercial in nature
Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction in New Delhi

Leave a Reply

Opinion

Trump Drives Democrats And Media Crazy

America can never be the same again, even after Trump leaves the White House,” say many, and you can read that anywhere

Balasaheb Thackeray’s Legacy Up For Grabs

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has failed to live up to the ideals of Balasaheb, leaving a void that the BJP alone can fill

How BJP Pulled Off Maha Coup With Nobody Watching

As Devendra Fadnavis desisted from contradicting Uddhav Thackeray everyday, the media attention moved from the BJP to its noisy rivals

Anil Ambani: From Status Of Tycoon To Insolvency

Study the career of Anil Ambani, and you will get a classic case of decisions you ought not take as a businessman and time you better utilise

तवलीन सिंह, यह कैसा स्वाभिमान?

‘जिस मोदी सरकार का पांच साल सपोर्ट किया उसी ने मेरे बेटे को देश निकाला दे दिया,’ तवलीन सिंह ने लिखा। क्या आपने किसी क़ीमत के बदले समर्थन किया?
- Advertisement -

Elsewhere

Politicians, lawyers, journalists question Hyderabad ‘encounter’

While journalists condemned the encounter killing, some politicians exercised caution to avoid antagonising people who were cheering the cops

Sajjanar, Telangana’s ‘encounter’ pro, hails from Karnataka

His father is a native of the Asuti village of Ron taluka in the Gadag district, but Vishwanath C Sajjanar was born and brought up in Hubballi

Ajit Pawar exonerated under whose instructions?

Did ACB exonerate Ajit Pawar knowing that the regime would change on 28 November or they were clearing his name with Devendra Fadnavis's knowledge?

Family of raped, murdered vet hails Telangana Police

Not only the family of the veterinarian raped and murdered on 27 November but also those of the accused wanted them dead as soon as possible

Did Sajjanar plan the ‘encounter’ of rapists-killers?

In 2008, police in Warangal had similarly killed 3 students accused of an acid attack in an 'encounter' when Sajjanar used to be the area SP

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this:
Skip to toolbar