Section of Bihar lawmakers unhappy with Nitish

April 30th, 2008 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  

Patna, April 30 (IANS) About two dozen lawmakers from Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) Wednesday expressed their unhappiness at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a meeting they held at the residence of Monajir Hasan, who was recently dropped from the state ministry. The legislators at their meeting discussed how to counter Nitish Kumar’s style of functioning.

Most of those who attended the meeting, including the two who were dropped from the state ministry, reportedly raised their voice against Kumar. Hasan was unhappy for being sacked by Kumar.

The meeting took place a day after party issued show cause notice to Hasan and another legislator, Poonam Yadav, for issuing statements against each other.

Last week, Hasan charged Kumar with using Poonam Yadav to attack the dropped ministers. Yadav described the dropped ministers as corrupt.

Hasan told IANS by telephone that JD (U) legislators had gathered at his residence to show solidarity and sympathy to him. “We discussed politics and other things,” said Hasan and added that more meetings may take place in the coming days.

Wednesday’s meeting is seen here as the first collective move to challenge Kumar, whom the legislators accused of behaving like a dictator.

Hasan was one of the 10 ministers Nitish Kumar dropped April 13. Kumar also inducted 19 new faces in his ministry to improve his government’s performance.

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