Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary has asked four JD(U) rebels to explain their position on cross-voting during the recent Rajya Sabha bypoll in which two party candidates won with RJD’s support.
JD(U) chief whip Sravan Kumar has recommended action against Gyandendra Singh Gyanu, Niraj Kumar Singh Bablu, Ravindra Rai and Rahul Sharma. The rebels, however, remained defiant and said they had not violated any provision and that they were free to vote for any candidate.
Ghoshi MLA Rahul Sharma said: “There is no violation of the 10th Schedule. As per Election Commission instructions, the party cannot issue whip to its MLAs during Rajya Sabha polls. We will make our position clear before the Speaker.” Gyanu said they would move court if they did not get relief from the Speaker.
Meanwhile, on his return from Delhi, Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi said the party could not tolerate indiscipline and apt action should be taken against such people. “Whosoever (party legislators) crosses the line of discipline must be dealt with sternly, otherwise it may lead to more indiscipline and misconduct,” he said.
Manjhi, who met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi Saturday, said he was given a patient hearing on his demands, including opening of two units of Barh power plant and release of Rs 600 crore to complete the Digha bridge on Ganga at Patna. A discussion on the issue of special category status to Bihar also figured prominently during the meeting.
“During my meeting with the PM, I emphasised on grant of special status to Bihar as this state can contribute to national growth only if it develops,” he told reporters at the airport.
Manjhi said he also urged the Centre to release the Rs 1,000 crore that the state had incurred for repair and upgrade of the 2400-km national highway in Bihar. The CM said he drew Modi’s attention towards inadequate infrastructure in Bihar and urged him to continue release of funds under the Backward Region Grant Fund in the 12th plan too.
Meanwhile, reacting to RJD’s support for the JD(U), BJP MP Giriraj Singh tweeted “Lalu n Nitish are ‘Santa Banta’ of Bihar… together they look more follish than a politician”.
With inputs from PTI
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.