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Nitish listens to goon-grumble

Patna, Dec.13: Chief minister Nitish Kumar today met a select group of party leaders from Muzaffarpur, vehemently opposing the induction of some people with criminal antecedents in the JD(U).

The meeting with the party leaders ahead of the party’s proposed rally at Muzaffarpur on December 20 assumes significance in the wake of simmering dissension among the workers over the induction of tainted people in the party. Nitish is likely to attend the rally of the party workers belonging to Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Sitamarhi district.

Around six leaders, including Hari Om Kushwaha, Narendra Patel, Bhagwan Lal Mahto, Ramashanker Singh and Shailesh Kumar Shailu called on the chief minister here in the evening and apprised him of the anger among the rank and file of the JD(U) workers after Rakesh Kumar alias Chunnu Thakur, Babloo Dev, Sah Alam Sabbu and Md Jamal joined the party.

Chunnu, Babloo, Sabbu and Jamal are facing charges of serious offences. The Telegraph had published a report in its December 3, 2013 edition on criminals joining the JD(U).

Nitish decided to have one-to-one talk with the dissident leaders in a bid to assuage the dissension within the party and send a message among the masses that he was concerned over people with shady past joining the party. He was reportedly embarrassed after he came to know about the induction of Chunnu in the party earlier this month.

“The chief minister listened to us patiently and promised to look into the matter. Our main objective was to apprise him of the adverse impact on the party following the induction of people having criminal antecedents,” said one of the leaders after meeting the chief minister at his 1 Aney Marg residence.

Many leaders, however, believe that the induction of musclemen like Babloo and Chunnu would strengthen the party.

After Babloo joined the party, Nitish’s aide and a minister in his cabinet Vijay Chowdhary had said: “I know the entire JD(U) is happy with Babloo Dev joining our party. The JD(U) will be stronger with Babloo.”

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