Ranchi: After suffering a mortifying defeat in the by-election for the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat, the top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) summoned Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda to New Delhi on Wednesday.

During the high voltage meeting with party stalwarts, Munda even offered to submit his resignation. He met Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and BJP general secretary Ram Lal and explained the reasons behind party's defeat on the parliamentary seat which had been vacated by him after assuming the charge of CM.

It is worth mentioning that after Munda vacated the seat, winning the by-poll had become an issue of prestige for BJP. However, in the by-election, the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha candidate defeated the BJP candidate by a convincing margin of over one lakh votes.

Munda said, “There are several factors responsible for party’s defeat, we are trying to figure out all the reasons, but if BJP high command orders I will quit from my post.”

During his meeting with Swaraj and Ram Lal, CM has apprised them of the current political scenario in the state.

In the wake of party’s crushing defeat in the by poll, Munda’s visit to Delhi is being termed an important one.

Sources said the central leadership is annoyed with party’s poor performance in Jamshedpur by-polls. Jharkhand BJP chief Dineshanand Goswami who was the party candidate suffered a massive defeat which has given a wrong message in the state.

Munda to meet UPA ministers

On Thursday, Munda will meet Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal and Surface Transport Minister CP Joshi to discuss some important projects related to Jharkhand.

Recently, the Coal Ministry had cancelled the allotment of two coal blocks of the state. Munda is expected to discuss the issue with Jaiswal. In addition, the CM will take up the issues of construction of Ganga Bridge at Sahibganj, Govindpur-Sahibganj road, flyovers and diversions in various towns including Ranchi during his meeting with Joshi.

JPN/Bureau