Revolt over tickets in Janata Dal-United

March 18th, 2009 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, March 18 (IANS) The ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Bihar Wednesday saw revolt breaking out within its ranks ahead of the general elections as supporters of a minister barged into a party meeting, shouted slogans and insisted he be given a ticket.
A day after open revolt in Railway Minister Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), with his own brother-in-law deciding to join the Congress over not getting a ticket, it was the turn of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD-U to see trouble.

Dozens of supporters of Bihar minister Nagmani created a ruckus during a JD-U press meet here Wednesday, forcing it to end mid-way.

Nagmani’s supporters, mostly youths, forcibly entered the party office where state party president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh was holding a press meet and shouted slogans in support of Nagmani and demanded a ticket for him. They also warned of “bad consequences” for the party if he was not given a ticket.

Nagmani’s supporters also tried to stage a protest at a hotel where JD-U national president Sharad Yadav is staying.

“Nagmani’s supporters disturbed the meeting to put pressure on the party to give him a ticket. It was tantamount to an attack on the party press meet,” said a senior JD-U MP, who was present at the meet.

Angry over the unruly behaviour of Nagmani’s supporters, Lalan Singh shouted at them and asked them to leave the room immediately. He also hinted at action against Nagmani.

In another jolt to the JD-U, legislator Rambadan Rai resigned from the party and from the state legislative council after his name was not considered for the Munger parliamentary seat. Another legislator, Valmiki Singh, who had staked his claim to the Patliputra parliamentary seat, opposed the party’s plans to field Ranjan Prasad Yadav from the seat.

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