Former Bihar minister quits party post

April 25th, 2008 - 9:15 pm ICT by admin  

Patna, April 25 (IANS) Newly appointed vice-president of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Ajit Kumar, who was dropped from the state ministry earlier this month, resigned from the party post Friday. He is the second JD-(U) vice-president to resign. Last week Monajir Hasan, who was also dropped from Chief MInister Nitish Kumar’s council of ministers, resigned from the party post.

Ajit Kumar and Hasan were reportedly unhappy with the way they were sacked by Nitish Kumar and appointed to the post of party vice-president a day later.

Ajit Kumar told newspersons that he resigned because he cannot do justice to the party post. “I have quit my post in the larger interest of the people of my constituency. I will now have more time to devote to their development.”

He said he was removed from the council of ministers for poor performance and he felt he would not be doing justice to his constituency due to his pre-occupation with party affairs as vice-president.

He said that he will continue to work as an ordinary party worker and will help Nitish Kumar to fulfill his dream of a new and developed Bihar.

The resignations of Ajit Kumar and Hasan are being seen as a set-back to Nitish Kumar and JD-(U). Ajit Kumar is a dominant upper caste Bhumihar while Hasan is a Muslim.

Hasan was one of the 10 ministers dropped April 13 by Nitish Kumar, who inducted 19 new faces to improve the performance of his government.

Eight of the 10 dropped ministers were from the JD-U and two from its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP faces deep crisis with dissident legislators, led by dropped ministers, demanding removal of state unit president Radha Mohan Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

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