Patna — Yesterday the Janata Dal (United) met with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and furnished before him letters of support to the proposition of replacing Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi with former chief minister Nitish Kumar as the leader of the party. A letter from Bashisht Narayan Singh of the JD(U) claims that a meeting of MLAs of the party was convened on 7 February where the unanimous decision in favour of the replacement was taken.
The JD(U) delegation to the governor also produced a letter each from Abdul Bari Siddiqui of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Sadanand Singh of the Indian National Congress (INC), Rajendra Prasad Singh of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Dulalchandra Goswami, an independent MLA.
Today JD(U) president Sharad Yadav ordered Manjhi’s expulsion for “indulging in anti-party activities” ahead of Nitish Kumar’s meeting with the Governor to stake claim to form government.
“Party President Sharad Yadav has expelled Manjhi from primary membership of JD(U) for indiscipline. Article 3 of the JD(U) Constitution gives this special power to the party President under which he can appoint or expel anybody,” party general secretary K C Tyagi said at a press conference in Delhi.