Patna/Nagpur: Bharatiya Janata Party’s unilateral decision to announce its candidates for 43 seats in Bihar Assembly elections have not only riled its allies who have once against expressed their displeasure over the move but even a sitting MLA who has been denied the ticket has rebelled.
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) called on the BJP to take its allies into confidence before announcing the seats on which its candidates would contest even as Lok Janshakti Party Lok Sabha MP from Vaishali Rama Kishore Singh quit the party to protest against his leader Ram Vilas Paswan’s “failure” to secure more seats for the party.
Sitting BJP MLA from Pirpainti Aman Kumar Paswan has rebelled against the party after he was denied the ticket to contest the Assembly elections.
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party spokesperson Fazal Imam Mallick while calling on the BJP to take its allies into confidence over candidates said, “The decision to name candidates (by BJP) is not right. We are in alliance and should have been taken into confidence. This is not how it should be done. RLSP is against this move.”
RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who got himself nominated as Bihar chief ministerial candidate from his party in July 2015, too has expressed his unhappiness over not only the number of seats allotted to his party but also the manner in which BJP announced its first list late on Tuesday night.
Rama Kishore Singh, who won the 2014 Lok Sabha on a LJP ticket from Vaishali, has already reigned from the party accusing Paswan of only listening his son and brothers. Singh with several criminal charges against his name is yet to reveal his strategy but clarified that LJP should have contested on many more seats that the 40 allotted by the BJP.
He accused Paswan’s son Chirag, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from Jamui, of only keeping his own interests in mind and not thinking about the party’s betterment.
Even sitting BJP MLA from Pirpainti Aman Kumar Paswan has rebelled against the party after he was denied the ticket to contest the Assembly elections. Aman met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday morning and there are chances that he would join the Janata Dal United.
BJP has named Lallan Paswan as its candidate from Pirpainti. The two other sitting MLAs who have been denied tickets are Lalan Kumar from Teghra and Sonelal Hembram from Katoria. While Ram Lakahn Singh will contest from Teghra, Niki Hembram has got the ticket from Katoria.