Patch-up efforts fail, Manjhi recommends dissolution of Bihar Assembly

PTI Patna | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on February 07, 2015

The last-minute patch-up efforts between Jitan Ram Manjhi and his party JD(U) failed today and the Chief Minister went ahead with proposing dissolution of the Assembly, which was overwhelmingly rejected by Cabinet ministers at a meeting here.

The proposal for dissolving the Assembly was supported by seven ministers besides Manjhi, while 21 pro-Nitish Kumar ministers opposed it, state Finance Minister Bijendra Yadav told presspersons.

The proposal to dissolve the Assembly was moved by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh at the meeting attended by all the 29 ministers.

Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and P K Shahi did not attend as Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi earlier in the day had accepted the Chief Minister’s recommendation to dismiss them as ministers.

Food Minister Shyam Rajak, a close confidante of Kumar, told presspersons that those who sided with Manjhi and approved the proposal to dissolve the assembly were Narendra Singh, Brishen Patel, Binay Bihari, Shahid Ali Khan, Nitish Mishra, Bhim Singh, and Mahachandra Prasad Singh.

The cabinet meeting took place immediately after Manjhi’s meeting with Kumar for nearly two hours of talks, which was seen as a last-ditch effort for a patch-up between two warring groups within the JD(U).

Manjhi, who has been defying the party leadership’s directive of resigning, drove to the residence of Kumar, his mentor, with whom he has been locked in a tussle.

The meeting at Kumar’s residence was also attended by JD(U) President Sharad Yadav.

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Published on February 07, 2015
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