July 15, 2020 | 11:40 PM IST
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5 MLCs ditch Lalu Yadav; join Nitish Kumar before July 6 Council polls

Ahead of Bihar Legislative Council polls, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) suffered a blow after five MLC joined Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal – United (JD-U) on Tuesday. With this, the RJD is left with just three MLC, while the JD-U has now become the single largest party with a total of 21 members in the Council. The polls are due on July 6.

The development comes at a crucial time when the RJD is facing threat from smaller alliance parties and Assembly polls for nine seats are due in October-November. 

The MLCs who switched over to JD-U are Radha Charan Shah, Sanjay Prasad, Dilip Rai, Mohammad Kamar Alam and Ranvijay Kumar Singh. The defectors have claimed that the members are not happy with the leadership and there are all chances that more members could quit the party in the coming few days. 

The 75-member Bihar Council has strength of 46 members out of which 29 are lying vacant. 

On Monday, a few RJD party workers staged a demonstration in front of Former CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi’s house. The workers were demanding that the leaders fulfil their commitment of giving a Legislative Assembly berth to Uday Narain Rai who represented Raghopur in the 1970s and 1980s and vacated the seat during the 2015 Assembly polls for Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav political debut. 

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