Upset Rabri says Council chairman will be decided not by CM, but by Grand Alliance
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal rank and file are upset over the ‘support’ Janata Dal (United) lent to ensure the victory of the chairman of Bihar Legislative Council in the election held on March 9. The result was declared on Thursday.
The present chairman of the Council Awadesh Narayan Singh of BJP won from Gaya Graduates’ constituency defeating RJD’s Puneet Kumar Singh, son of former MP and minister Jagdanand Singh, a close friend of Lalu Prasad. The other result announced on Thursday that is of Saran Graduates’ constituency, went in favour of Janata Dal (United).
The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party candidate had on Wednesday won the Gaya Teachers’ constituency while the JD(U) had bagged the Kosi Teachers’ constituency.
Hours after the result was announced there started a tussle for the post of chairman of the Council.
Former chief minister Rabri Devi said that the Grand Alliance would choose the candidate. Her son and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav backed her meaning thereby that the RJD is not pleased with what had happened during the March 9 polls.
While JD(U) won two, the BJP and its ally RLSP ended up with one each. The RJD, Congress and LJP drew blank though they all contested the election. RJD was not please with the Congress too which put up its candidate in Gaya.
It needs to be recalled that the Janata Dal (United) continued to back Awadesh Narayan Singh as chairman even after it snapped ties with the BJP on June 16, 2013.
A categorical statement from Rabri Devi that “the Council chairman will be from the RJD and Awadhesh is not an RJD man,” says all.
She further went on to state that the chairman will be decided not by chief minister Nitish Kumar but by the Grand Alliance leaders, as a whole..
Janata Dal (United) tried to play down the row. “The issue of chairmanship will be decided after his term ends,” said JD (U) spokesperson and MLC, Neeraj Kumar.