Jamshedpur: Senior BJP leader and Jharkhand minister Saryu Roy on Sunday resigned from the cabinet and submitted the resignation to governor Draupadi Murmu.
Saryu Roy will contest against Chief Minister Raghubar Das, who belongs to his own party, as an Independent candidate in the upcoming state elections from Jamshedpur East.
Roy is the current MLA from the Jamshedpur (West) seat, which he had won in the 2014 polls. Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das holds the Jamshedpur (East) seat.
“I am going to fight from Jamshedpur (East) seat to take on the man whom the party has made the face of this election. My supporters also requested me not to leave my sitting Jamshedpur (West) seat at the mercy of corrupt crooks and looters, hence I will file nomination from both Jamshedpur seats on Monday,” said Roy to Hindustan Times.
The central leadership of the BJP is yet to declare a candidate for the Jamshedpur (West) even though the deadline for filing the nomination paper for the seat ends on Monday. The seat goes to polls in the second phase of voting on December 7.
The 68-year-old Roy hails from Bihar’s Buxar and he has been opposing some of the decisions taken by the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party government alleging irregularities off and on, often putting him in confrontation with the senior leadership.