The Bihar Assembly Secretariat Thursday notified the JD(U) as the main opposition party replacing the BJP, with Vijay Kumar Choudhary as leader of the opposition in place of the BJP’s Nandkishore Yadav. The roles could well hold good only for a few days, for if the government falls, the BJP will be back at the head of opposition against a JD(U) government.
Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, meanwhile, suffered a setback when the Patna High Court disallowed four dissident JD(U) MLAs from voting. A division bench stayed an earlier order of a single bench that had set aside the Speaker’s order to dismiss the four MLAs. The assembly has terminated the membership of four others, who too have moved the court.
The JD(U) was notified as the main opposition in the Legislative Council, too, with Nitish Kumar replacing Sushil Kumar Modi as leader of the opposition. The Speaker and the council chairman both cited the JD(U)’s numbers as the reason.
The BJP staged a dharna outside the assembly. Nandkishore said, “It will be the first time that a party is both in government and opposition. Though Manjhi is an unattached member, the legislators on the treasury benches will be JD (U) members.”
Sushil Modi recalled, “When the Nitish government failed to prove its majority in 2005, the House functioned without a main opposition.”
(With PTI inputs)
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