Updated: August 21, 2020 1:26:27 am
Two days after three RJD legislators joined the JD(U), three more MLAs, including former health minister Tej Pratap Yadav’s father-in-law Chandrika Rai, Thursday switched to the JD(U) from the RJD.
Jayvardhan Yadav, Paliganj (Patna) MLA and grandson of former Congress MP and ex-Union minister Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav, and Faraz Fatmi, Keoti (Darbhanga) MLA and son of former RJD MP M A A Fatmi, were the other leaders who joined the JD(U) in the presence of senior party leaders and ministers Bijendra Prasad Yadav and Sravan Kumar.
Parsa (Saran) MLA Chandrika Rai said, “RJD has been a party of capitalists. Committed workers have not been happy with RJD leadership. I am impressed with social justice efforts by CM Nitish Kumar. We appreciate… zero tolerance policy against crime and corruption.”
Faraz Fatmi, whose father is already part of the JD(U), sought to know why the RJD ill-treated M A A Fatmi. “RJD has been airy-fairy… It is Nitish Kumar who has done something concrete for the welfare of Muslims. There have been several welfare schemes…”
Jayvardhan Yadav said he hardly got “the kind of respect” he “deserved”. “I joined JD(U) because of development works being carried out by Nitish Kumar.”
RJD spokesperson Mrityunjay Tewari said, “Chandrika Rai had announced his decision long ago. Some disgruntled and selfish individuals leaving us would make no difference. Those who care for social justice are with us.”
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