In an enormous setback for the RJD within the election yr, 5 of its MLCs Tuesday resigned from the social gathering, compelled a cut up in its legislature group within the Bihar legislative council, and joined the ruling JD(U) headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The event got here on a day when former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, one of many founding members of the RJD and a staunch supporter of its jailed supremo Lalu Prasad, stepped down as nationwide vp in protest towards the proposed induction of one in every of his rivals.
The 5 MLCs SM Qamar Alam, Sanjay Prasad, Radha Charan Seth, Ranvijay Kumar Singh and Dilip Rai met Vidhan Parishad Appearing Chairman Awadhesh Narain Singh in his chamber and personally handed over their resignation letters, officers of the Higher Home of the bicameral legislature mentioned.
In addition they requested Singh that they be recognised as a separate group and allowed to merge with the JD(U).
The JD(U)s chief whip within the Higher Home Reena Yadav arrived with the social gathering’s letter of consent and the Appearing Chairman gave his immediate approval.
The event, which blindsided the RJD, decreased the social gathering’s power within the 75-member Vidhan Parishad to only three.
Sources within the ruling NDA had been hopeful that Rabri Devi, the spouse of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and a nationwide vp herself, could lose her place because the chief of the opposition within the Home.
Below the foundations, the primary opposition social gathering will need to have at the very least 10 per cent of the overall seats within the Home for its chief to qualify for the put up of the Chief of the Opposition, a Cupboard minister rank place. In the meantime, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who has stood with the social gathering by way of thick and skinny, shot off a letter asserting his resignation from the put up expressing sturdy displeasure over the state of affairs within the RJD.
Mr Singh, who’s presently admitted to AIIMS, Patna, present process remedy for COVID-19, made it clear that he was not quitting the social gathering however added he was extraordinarily sad over the kind of individuals the RJD was planning to induct.
Sources near the RJD veteran, a former Union minister, confirmed that his displeasure stemmed from reviews that Rama Singh, a mafia don-turned-politician to whom he misplaced his Vaishali Lok Sabha seat within the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, could be a part of the social gathering.
Rama Singh has severed his ties with Ram Vilas Paswans LJP, which had fielded him within the 2014 ballot however refused to grant him a ticket 5 years later.
JD(U) nationwide common secretary and chief within the Lok Sabha Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh held out an olive department to Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, saying the RJD has by no means revered those that have constructed the organisation.. It’s beholden to the pursuits of only one household. If he needs to affix us, he’s welcome.
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is thought to be not on the very best of phrases with Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Prasads inheritor obvious, Tejashwi is the chief of the opposition within the state meeting and the RJD has already declared him the social gathering’s chief ministerial candidate for the state elections probably in October-November.
Ever because the RJD was mauled within the Lok Sabha polls final yr, the veteran chief has been making a robust pitch for wooing Nitish Kumar again into the Grand Alliance and making the most of the frequent variations which have plagued the relations between the JD(U) and the BJP.
His recommendations have, nonetheless, invariably been dismissed by Tejashwi Yadav, leaving the rebuffed veteran licking his wounds.
The developments come days ahed of elections to 9 seats of the Bihar Vidhan Parishad from the Vidhan Sabha quota the place MLAs vote to elect MLCs. The RJD, which has 80 MLAs, has determined to subject three candidates.
The social gathering is but to announce their names and, within the gentle of the mayhem, it faces the problem of protecting its flock collectively.
In the meantime, the turmoil within the RJD supplied its sulking ally, the Hindustani Awam Morcha of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, with an opportunity to hit again on the domineering associate.
The RJD is struggling the implications of ignoring its loyal grassroots stage employees to win over these with deep pockets or muscle energy. It should mend its methods and begin treating its personal individuals in addition to alliance companions with respect.
“In any other case a day could come when the RJD will turn out to be remoted, with solely the members of Lalu Prasads household by its facet, HAM spokesman Danish Rizwan mentioned.