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Suspended JD(U) MLA joins RJD ahead of Araria LS bypoll

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Suspended (United) MLA today resigned from the party and also assembly to join giving a clear indication of contesting bypoll from seat represented by his father. Alam joined in presence of senior leaders including its at RJD's office here. He accused Nitish Kumar's party JD(U) of "betraying secular forces" by joining hands with the BJP. The development came a day after bypolls were announced for two assembly segments in Bihar, besides the seat which was represented by Alam's late father Mohammad Taslimuddin, who was a MP. Taslimuddin had won the seat by a margin of more than two lakh votes, while the BJP and the JD(U) - which had fought separately - finished almost neck and neck occupying respectively the second and the third positions in the 2014 Alam told reporters "I had joined the JD(U) as it was then a part of the which represented secular forces. Ever since the party betrayed the secular forces, I have been under pressure from my voters and my mother that I join the party to which my father belonged". Asked whether he has been promised the ticket from Araria, Alam - who had met former and party supremo Lalu Prasad's wife earlier in the day - said "the decision shall be taken by the party". Alam, who was the MLA from Jokihat seat in Araria, was suspended from the JD(U) two years ago following complaints that he had misbehaved with a couple while travelling by a Delhi-bound train. Tiwary said "the development marks a growing discontentment with Nitish Kumar's capitulation before the BJP.

No longer does the enjoy the upper hand like he used to in the past. More such developments are in the offing as has been indicated by outbursts of Jitan Ram Manjhi". The was referring to the statement of Manjhi, the of (HAM), earlier in the day that his party be allowed to contest the by-poll from Jahanabad assembly segment which has fallen vacant upon the death of MLA Mundrika Yadav. The HAM is an NDA constituent and the seat had, in the 2015 assembly polls, gone to Rashtriya Lok Samata Party of Union Minister

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 16:55 IST
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