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Taslimuddin back in RJD

Former Union minister Mohammad Taslimuddin on Tuesday returned to the RJD, which he had left in July 2010 after much bickering to join the JD(U).

Aged around 70 and having a controversial track record, Taslimuddin accused chief minister Nitish Kumar of failing to keep the promises he had made to the people.

He, however, ruled out chances of his son and JD(U) MLA Sarfaraz Alam of joining the RJD. “Sarfaraz is young. Why should he join the RJD? He will remain with the JD(U),” Taslimuddin said.

In the recent Adhikar Rally, Sarfaraz had made elaborate arrangements for participants from his constituency to arrive in Patna even as his father criticised Nitish.

Taslimuddin, who is considered the minority community face from the Seemanchal region, had earlier revolted against Nitish for non-implementation of development schemes in the Muslim-dominated commissionerate comprising Kishanganj, Araria, Katihar and Purnea.

The former Union minister was once considered politically influential in the Seemachal area of the state. However, his influence waned and in the last Lok Sabha polls in 2009, he came third from his citadel Kishanganj.

Taslimuddin, who joined the JD(U) in July 2010, said: “When I joined Nitish’s party, he had promised to look into my concerns. However, I realised he was not doing so. The Mahananda Irrigation project and other schemes are pending for years. I thought he would do some work for my people but he did nothing. I decided to leave his party and return to my old house.”

Lalu, however, did not miss the chance to praise Taslimuddin. “He never left our party, he is an experienced leader. However, his mind was diverted for some time. Soon, he felt he was being cheated. He is committed towards the poor,” said Lalu.