NEW DELHI - A top state politician from India’s ruling party was gunned down Friday as he returned home from a wedding, police said.
Vishveshwar Ojha, a vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the eastern state of Bihar , was sprayed with bullets on his way back from the ceremony in Bhojpur district. ‘He had gone to attend a wedding and he was shot at by unidentified gunmen as he was returning,’ police superintendent Naveen Chandra Jha told AFP.
The 45-year-old, who had 10 charges of attempt to murder against him, was likely attacked due to a feud with his political rivals, according to local media reports. Ojha failed to win a seat in recent state elections in Bihar which is run by a broad-brush alliance. Although Modi’s BJP rules at national level, the right-wing Hindu nationalist party was badly beaten in Bihar which is India’s third most populous state.

and has a reputation for lawlessness. Last month, a jeweller was shot dead in the capital city Patna after reportedly refusing to pay extortion money to a local criminal.