Angry JD-U Demands Keeping RJD Leaders in Control

RJD leaders Mohammed Shahabuddin (left), Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (center), and RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (right).

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Patna: After his initial shrug to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ex MP from Siwan Mohammed Shahabuddin, the Janata Dal – U leaders in Patna on Monday went in an overdrive demanding from the RJD leadership to control its members who, they said, were trying to undermine the Chief Ministership of Nitish Kumar.

At a closed door meeting hurriedly called by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the party state president and other leaders decided to take on the RJD by asking party President Lalu Prasad Yadav to control his leaders.

Speaking at a press conference, party state President Vashisht Narayan Singh said that he had asked RJD President to muzzle senior party leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh who, along with criminal-turned-politician Shahabuddin, had recently said that Nitish Kumar was not their leader and the real leader of Bihar was none other than Lalu Prasad Yadav himself.

"This is against the 'coalition dharma'. Nitish Kumar was elected the Chief Minister of Bihar by all members of the grand alliance. It would do the government a great deal of damage if RJD leaders did not mind their language," Vashisht Narayan Singh said.

Besides Nitish and Vashisht, other leaders present at the closed door meeting included Water Resources Minister Lallan Singh and Commercial Tax Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav.

"JD-U and RJD are partners in Bihar and utterances of Raghuvansh Prasad Singh do nothing but damage the coalition. As for the comments of Shahabuddin, no one cares about him and as far as we are concerned; he is a nobody," the party state President said.

Speaking on behalf of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bijendra Yadav appealed to Lalu Prasad Yadav to keep people like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Shahabuddin in check so as to keep the Mahagathbandhan intact.

Meanwhile, the JD-U issued a show-cause notice to party legislator Girdhari Yadav for attending his rally without the party's permission.

"What was he doing in the RJD rally and who gave him the permission? When Shahabuddin was criticizing Nitish Kumar by refusing to accept him as his leader, why did he not react to it?" the JD-U leaders said.

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