Ranchi: With Hazaribagh MP and ex-Union Minister Yashwant Sinha sitting on an indefinite protest against his own government, sharp division in the rank and file of Jharkhand BJP has come to the fore.

Yashwant Sinha’s offensive against the Arjun Munda government over the issue of encroachment has left both the state and central BJP leaders red faced.

While one section of the party is rallying behind the former Finance Minister, another section loyal to the Chief Minister has distanced itself from the protest.

Earlier, the BJP MP sat on indefinite dharna at Birsa Chauk in the state capital on Sunday along with people who were displaced by the anti-encroachment drive being carried out by the state government as per instructions from the Jharkhand High Court.

Asserting that his protest is neither against the state government nor against the judiciary, Sinha opined that instead of using bulldozers the state government could knock the doors of the High Court on the issue.

He recalled that he had requested the state government few days back to formulate a policy and sought time from the High Court to implement the same.

Sinha said his action is just an attempt to highlight the plight of those displaced by the government’s action.

JPN/Bureau