Patna: Former Assembly Speaker and disgruntled Janata Dal – U leader Uday Narayan Chowdhary, who had been sulking since party President Nitish Kumar failed to nominate him for the Rajya Sabha or Legislative Council seat, on Wednesday officially resigned from the primary membership of the party saying he was not pleased with the way party was ignoring the concerns of Dalits and backwards in Bihar.
"I have been in the JD-U for more than 20 years but today I am resigning from the party because its leadership has veered away from its core principles which used to be the security and welfare of the poor, backwards, and Dalits," Chowdhary, who enjoyed close proximity of Nitish Kumar until just a couple of years ago, said in Patna.
Taking part in a march to the Raj Bhawan on Tuesday to protest against what he called the Central government's attempt to water down laws related to the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST), the former JD-U leader accused the Narendra Modi government at the Center and Nitish administration in Bihar for giving rise to crime against Dalits and other socially disadvantaged groups across the nation.
While denying he was in talks with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in a bid to join the party of Lalu Prasad Yadav, the former Speaker said that he would dedicate himself to make Tejaswi Yadav, the former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and the younger son of Lalu and Rabri Devi, the next Chief Minister of Bihar.
"Tejaswi Yadav has all the qualities of a good leader. He will be the next CM of Bihar and I will work hard to ensure his victory in the next state elections," he said.
Earlier, almost on the exact same excuse, former Chief Minister of Bihar and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) Jitan Ram Manjhi had severed ties with the JD-U and Nitish Kumar saying Nitish Kumar had failed to stand up for the rights of Dalits and backwards.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS