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Jharkhand elections: Infighting, turncoats mar grand alliance dreams

The only challenge for the BJP in the state is to keep its own house in order

Sukhdeo Bhagat (right) gave a huge jolt to the Congress by crossing over to the BJP
Sukhdeo Bhagat (right) gave a huge jolt to the Congress by crossing over to the BJP

When Sukhdeo Bhagat, a sitting legislator and former president of the Jharkhand Congress Committee, avowed that Umang Sir (referring to Madhya Pradesh minister Umang Singhar) was like a guardian to him, the party heaved a sigh of relief. This is because Singhar has been on the job to pacify Bhagat, who has raised a revolt within the party. The Madhya Pradesh minister, also the deputy person in charge of the Congress party’s affairs in Jharkhand, went to Bhagat’s residence in Lohardaga, and held a marathon closed-door meeting. When Singhar came out, he appeared unmoved ...