A day after Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi expanded his Cabinet, accommodating 14 new faces, the rebellion within JD(U) has intensified.
Barh MLA Gyanendra Kumar Singh, who is the head of party’s disciplinary committee, said on Tuesday that he has written to party’s national president Sharad Yadav and state president Bashistha Narayan Singh demanding disciplinary action against newly-inducted minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, alias Lalan Singh, Rajya Sabha MP R C P Singh, chief poll strategist Lalan Sharaf and Bihar Rajya Nagrik Parishad deputy chairperson Sanjay Singh — all of them close to former CM Nitish Kumar.
Gyanendra alleged that these leaders had been involved in anti-party activities and were “responsible for the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha elections”.
Gyandendra claimed over a dozen legislators were in touch with him. “People like Lalan Singh are being made ministers and committed party workers are being ignored,” he added.
However, party’s state president Bashistha Narayan Singh said, “There’s no question of taking action against the four leaders. Rather, action should be taken against Gyanendra.”
Besides Gyanendra , the other leaders at the forefront of the rebellion are legislators Neeraj Kumar, Arun Manjhi and Izhar Ahmed — all of whom were reportedly hopeful of getting ministerial berths. In fact, Water Resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary summed up the situation in the party by saying that “some heart burns” happen after every Cabinet expansion.
Narkatia (East Champaran) MLA Shyam Bihari Prasad said, “There is no representation of the Vaishya community in the Cabinet. If speaking up for the rights of fellow caste-members makes me a rebel, then I am a rebel and will resign from an Assembly committee.”