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Trouble brews for Nitish

Devesh Chandra Thakur

Patna, Feb. 13: JD(U) spokesman Devesh Chandra Thakur has decided to quit the party, swelling the ranks of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s “loyalists-turned-detractors” in the run-up to the elections.

“I will quit the JD(U)’s membership to contest the Legislative Council election from my Tirhut graduate constituency as an Independent. I do not need a party label to get elected as an MLC,” Thakur, a shipping magnate based in Mumbai, told The Telegraph.

Polls for the graduate constituencies are likely to take place in March when Thakur completes his second term.

Nitish’s once “trusted” minister, Parveen Amanullah, joined the Aam Aadmi Party recently after resigning as an MLA and from the JD(U). Parveen has since been attacking the Nitish-led “system” for corruption and governance failure.

Thakur said he is upset that the JD(U) did not consider him for a Rajya Sabha berth. “I was expecting a Rajya Sabha term this time around. But I am sad that the leadership did not consider me,” he said. “I do not harbour any personal grudge against Nitishji. I still hold that Nitish is the best chief minister the state ever has had,” Thakur was quick to add.

Sources close to Thakur said he was interested in entering the Lok Sabha from north Bihar’s Sitamarhi seat. But the party brass had sent him no feelers that he would be given a ticket, the sources added.

State JD(U) chief Basishtha Narayan Singh said he is scheduled to hold talks with Thakur tomorrow.