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Jharkhand BJP Min May Contest From Jamshedpur East Against Own CM

“I’ll take a decision on Sunday after meeting party workers. I will continue to raise my voice against corruption.”

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As the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday, 16 November, released its fourth list of candidates for the Assembly elections, state Food and Supply Minister Saryu Roy indicated he might go against the party line for putting his ticket on hold.

Moreover, he may challenge Chief Minister Raghubar Das himself in the elections.

“I am standing with an empty bowl and seeking a ticket,” Roy said at a press conference in Jamshedpur.

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The BJP has not declared its candidate for the Jamshedpur West seat. Roy is the sitting MLA from there.

‘Will Continue to Raise My Voice Against Corruption’

The 68-year-old senior BJP leader emerged as a political figure after the Jai Prakash Narayan-led JP Andolan against Indira Gandhi in 1975. He is an old friend of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and was one of the petitioners in the multi-crore fodder scam.

Despite being a part of it, Roy has criticised the government many times.

“I will take a decision on Sunday after meeting party workers. I will continue to raise my voice against corruption. I do not want the third chief minister of Jharkhand to go to jail,” said Roy.

According to sources, Roy is preparing to file his nomination from the Jamshedpur East Assembly seat from where Das is the BJP candidate.

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