Another setback to RJD: Patna High Court junks two PILs against new Nitish Kumar government

Nitish Kumar's decision to form a new government with BJP support has left many politicians from the 'grand alliance' dissatisfied. Even some senior JD(U) leaders like Sharad Yadav have raised complaints with Nitish Kumar's decision.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2017 4:55 pm
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A K Upadhyay dismissed the two PILs, saying no intervention of the court is required after a floor test in the state Assembly. (Express Photo)

The Patna High Court on Monday dismissed two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) that challenged the formation of the new government after Janata Dal (United)  chief Nitish Kumar called off his party’s alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress to ally with the BJP.  After hearing all parties, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A K Upadhyay dismissed the two PILs, saying no intervention of the court is required after a floor test in the state Assembly.

While one PIL was filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma, the second one was filed by Jitendra Kumar, a Samajwadi Party member. On Friday last, the Patna High Court had adjourned the matter for Monday. The petitions state that the mandate Nitish Kumar got as the leader of the Grand Alliance or the Mahagathbandhan in the 2015 state assembly elections was against the BJP and was for a period of five years.

Terming the formation of the new government as “unconstitutional”, the petitions stated that the RJD being the party with maximum number of seats should have been called first to form the government. However, after Nitish Kumar’s resignation from the CM’s post, the party was not given any such opportunity and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi instead invited Nitish Kumar to form government, bypassing the constitutional provisions set in this regard, the PILs state further.

Earlier in the day, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav finally broke his silence over Nitish Kumar splitting the grand alliance and joining hands with the BJP to form an alliance government, describing the turn of events as “unfortunate as the people’s mandate had been violated”. Speaking to reporters outside Parliament on Monday, Yadav said: “I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar, it’s unfortunate. The mandate by the people was not for this.”

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    My simple query to JD(U) Leader Sharad Yadav - Are RJD has a mandate to indulge in scams and loots and for that people of Bihar voted them to power and in that case why not Lallu approach the Court and ask for cancellation of Fodder Scam sentence and Disqualification done by Election Commission to contest elections saying people are supreme and they had voted RJD to rule the State ??? s far as PILs dismissed it is a known fact that once the CM proved his majority in the Assembly nothing can be done and if that basic is not known to Lallu it is nothing but shame on him and proves he is unfit to be the Party Chief is it NOT ???
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      Damodar Biswal
      Jul 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm
      Beginning of the end of Lalu n family.
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        vvvvv
        Jul 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm
        Court also giving the room RJD to enter with other way of business but dong worry Lalu jee will not make either Nitish Kumar or Modi kumar tos leep tille he form the Govt. What Nitish done shame to his greedy politics i dont know how his concious allowed him to go back with BJP lap when like that question why he left 2015 and join with Lalu jee hand just to take advantage he was not aware lalu jee and his family is corrupt all of a sudden what happen not like that Modi and Amit shah shown him big greenary for PM post as shown carrot to horse for running race... Great joke for Nitish Kumar ..Three Jokers of India Modi .. Amit Shah and Nitish Kumar.. Jai Hind
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Jul 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm
          Don't worry before he Lallu forms he very soon will be behind bars in Tihar jail
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            Damodar Biswal
            Jul 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm
            U support Lalu knowing well that he is corrupt n want Nitish to do the same.Unfortunate.I heard that Biharis never go beyond caste equations is coming true.How do u tolerate a corrupt politician?
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            Justified
            Jul 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm
            Lalu is confused and has no slept well and not taken a bath, leading to scabies infestation in the scalp area, a microscopic, burrowing mite. Now his scalp is full of lice, .... and he is scratching his head furiously.
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              Parth Garg
              Jul 31, 2017 at 1:41 pm
              dismissed the two PILs, saying no intervention of the court is required after a floor test in the state Assembly. As if the Hon Court was expeting this to happen since it did not hear the pe ion before the floor test as prayed.
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