Even as the JD(U) top brass has been threatening to take disciplinary action against four rebel MLAs, the latter have shot back by questioning the “elevation” of Jeetan Ram Manjhi as CM. The dissidents said Manjhi was “nominated” by former CM Nitish Kumar and “not elected as JD(U) Legislature Party leader by party MLAs”. The MLAs have written to party national president Sharad Yadav about it.
Though 18 JD(U) MLAs had cross-voted during the recent Rajya Sabha bypolls, the Assembly Speaker last week issued a showcause notice against four MLAs — Gyanendra Singh, Rahul Sharma, Ravindra Roy and Niraj Singh Bablu — for going against the party whip. These rebels will present their case before the Speaker on Wednesday.
Barh MLA Gyandendra Singh said: “Manjhi was not elected by us. He was nominated by former CM Nitish Kumar, who is an MLC. We can also write to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to ask the Bihar Governor to clarify standard provisions on the election of a legislature party leader.”
Digha MLA Poonam Devi, who had also cross-voted, said if the party took action against the four rebels, the other 14 legislators would also resign. The dissidents had already threatened to move court in the event of getting no relief from the Speaker.
The dissidents have become more aggressive after Manjhi spoke of the need for “disciplining some rebels”.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.