Bihar BJP vice-president Putul Kumari, whose Banka seat was allotted to ally JD(U) under a seat sharing arrangement, on Sunday said she would contest from the constituency as an independent candidate.
Putul said it is beyond understanding as to why the BJP was “forced to surrender before the JD(U)”, and why did it not keep a single seat in east Bihar and Kosi region.
“I will contest from Banka Lok Sabha seat,” she told reporters here.
Putul, who became MP in 2010 after winning the by-polls held because of the sudden demise of her husband – former Union minister and three-term Banka MP Digvijay Singh , had narrowly lost to RJD’S Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav in 2014 by less than 10,000 votes.
Her husband also had to contest independently and won after having been denied ticket by the JD(U).
JD(U), this time, has opted for Girdhari Yadav as the NDA’S choice, who will fight against the sitting RJD MP.
The BJP leader said she would contest as an independent candidate in order to “protect the constituency from criminals” as well the rights of the workers of the district unit of the party.
“I am in BJP and I will remain in BJP, but it is the sentiment of the people that I cannot dishonour. They want me to contest. It is a fight for honour and I will not pull back. I have the backing of people’s confidence. The people of Banka cannot compromise with honour. Anyway, I will only strengthen the hands of PM Modi. Trusting Nitish Kumar is difficult. I believe there is an attempt to weaken the root of BJP. It has happened in Bhagalpur also,” she added.
Another popular BJP leader in Katihar, MLC Ashok Agrawal, has also filed nomination papers as Independent from Katihar Lok Sabha seat after the seat went to the JD(U).
BJP has asked two politicians who had filed nomination papers as Independent to pull out. The party warned both that if they don’t withdraw their nomination papers, the party would take action against them. The party also asked them to support the NDA candidates.
Banka along with Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnea and Bhagalpur will go to polls in the second phase on April 18, and the last date for filing nomination papers is March 26.