The opposition RJDs claim of an impending split in the ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar on Wednesday met with an outright rebuttal by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, its de facto chief.
“Baseless” and “lacking any substance” was how Kumar described the claim made by Shyam Rajak, a former member of his cupboard who had joined the RJD forward of the current meeting polls.
Rajak, who switched sides upon expulsion from the JD(U) for anti-party actions, had claimed earlier in the day that 17 MLAs of Kumars occasion, greater than a 3rd of its power in the meeting, had been prepared to affix the RJD.
The former JD(U) nationwide common secretary, who was the partys deputy chief in the earlier meeting, had stated that the rebellious MLAs had been uncomfortable in the face of a domineering BJP and Kumars alleged capitulation.
“The split will eventually take place. We have asked the 17 MLAs to hold on for some time. Their number is likely to go up soon and there would be enough of them for causing a split, as per the anti-defection law”, Rajak had stated.
JD(U) had gained 43 seats in the just lately concluded Bihar polls.
As per the legislation, a split is recognised solely when at the least two-thirds of a partys power in a House types a separate group. Else, crossing over to a different occasion invitations disqualification.
There has been some turmoil in the JD(U), of late, following the current growth in Arunachal Pradesh the place all however one of its MLA joined the BJP.
The JD(U) has expressed harm over the event, however certified the identical by asserting that it will not have an effect on its ties with the BJP in Bihar.
However, when Kumar was approached by journalists relating to the claim made by Rajak, he responded with a dismissive chuckle.
“Whoever is making such claims……it is baseless (bebuniyaad) and without any substance (koi dam nahin hai)”, stated Kumar, who headed the JD(U) till Sunday final when he relinquished the submit of its nationwide president in a sudden transfer that has triggered speculations about his future
Kumar selected his shut confidant RCP Singh as his successor in the occasion.
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