February 7, 2015 9:30:38 pm
Union minister Ramvilas Paswan on Saturday described JD(U)’s meeting, which elected Nitish Kumar as the Legislature Party leader, as “unconstitutional” and sought President’s rule or early election in Bihar in view of “instability”.
“The JD(U) legislature party meeting called by Sharad Yadav on Saturday which elected Nitish Kumar as the Legislature party leader is unconstitutional. The power to call a Legislature Party meet rested with the Leader of the House that is the chief minister,” said Paswan, who is also president of the LJP, an ally of the BJP.
Pointing at the intense fight within the JD(U) which had spilled onto the streets, Paswan said, “The best thing in this situation can be either President’s rule or going in for an early Assembly poll.”
The term of the present Assembly in the state would end in November this year. The Union Food and Civil Supplies minister came down heavily on Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad and dubbed them as “anti-dalit”.
“Earlier, Nitish Kumar had omitted the Paswan caste from Mahadalit category and now conspired to throw a dalit Jitan Ram Manjhi from the CM’s Chair,” he said.
“The incident (removal of Manjhi) is an eye-opener for Dalits and Mahadalits,” Paswan said.
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