Proximity with Nitish could be one reason for denying me ticket: Saryu Roy

Jamshedpur, Nov 18 (PTI) Former Jharkhand minister SaryuRoy, who filed nomination papers against Chief MinisterRaghubar Das from Jamshedpur (East) seat on Monday, said hisproximity with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar could be oneof the reasons for BJP denying him the ticket.

At least three members of the BJP Parliamentary Board,that approved candidates list, told me that release of my bookby 'friend' Nitish Kumar in 2017 was strongly resented andprobably this cost me the party nomination, Roy told PTI.

Roy said he was at a loss to understand this becauseKumar had joined hands with the BJP in 2017 again to form aNDA coalition ministry in Bihar.

'The book authored by me was apolitical and getting itreleased by Nitish Kumar is no crime,' Roy, who has tenderedhis resignation from the Jharkhand ministry to take on the CMat Jamshedupur (East) assembly seat, said.

'This (release of the book by Kumar) may be one of thereasons for the BJP not giving me the ticket,' he said.

Roy claimed JD(U) as well JMM have pledged him supportin the election. PTI BSSNS SNSSNS SNS