Another Dalit Leader Quits Janata Dal – U

Dalit JD-U leaders resign from party.

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Patna: Following the footstep of former Bihar Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary, the former President of the youth cell of the Janata Dal – U Santosh Kushwaha, along with his supporters on Thursday, quit the party saying Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had abandoned the cause of Dalits and backwards and was no longer the champion of social justice.

Patna: Following the footstep of former Bihar Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary, the former President of the youth cell of the Janata Dal – U Santosh Kushwaha, along with his supporters on Thursday, quit the party saying Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had abandoned the cause of Dalits and backwards and was no longer the champion of social justice.

Blaming Kumar of 'getting too chummy' with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kushwaha, at a gathering near Gandhi Maidan in Patna, said that the Chief Minister was had destroyed the 'democratic setup' of the party and had become a one-man show where opinions of grassroots workers did not matter anymore.

Attacking other JD-U leaders like RCP Singh, Kushwaha, who was forced out of his position last month, said that favoritism and cronyism had taken over and only those who were effusive in their praise for Nitish Kumar had a place in the party.

As reported, with Nitish Kumar going back to the NDA fold causing the collapse of the Grand Alliance in Bihar last year, a number of his former allies, including former Chief Minister of Bihar and now the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi and former Speaker of Bihar Uday Narayan Chowdhary have left the party and have allied with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in principle though none has joined the RJD, whose chief remains in a Ranchi jail after being convicted in a number of cases related to the fodder scam, as yet.

A JD-U spokesperson downplayed the resignation of Kushwaha and others calling it 'unfortunate' while insisting a number of former Congress and HAM leaders had either joined the party or were in the process of joining JD-U.

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