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Lalu accuses Nitish of hatching conspiracy to break RJD

Patna, Feb 25 (PTI): Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of hatching a conspiracy to break his party.

On Monday, 13 RJD legislators had quit the party and then six of them later denied doing so. The RJD has 22 members in the Bihar legislative assembly.

“Nitish hatched a conspiracy with the Speaker to break my party. But, it went wrong and the whole country has seen the conspiracy,” Lalu told reporters at Patna airport on Tuesday morning.

A meeting of RJD legislature party has been called at the residence of former chief minister Rabri Devi, Lalu’s wife. He will be present along with other top leaders.

There are reports that three more rebel RJD leaders, whose names figured in the list of 13, visited Rabri Devi's house on Monday night and denied they had parted ways.

While Lalu flew to Patna, Nitish left for Delhi just a few minutes after the arrival of RJD leader but they did not see each other at the airport.

The MLAs who split from the RJD had pledged support to the Janata Dal (United) government.

In a letter to Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary bearing their signatures, the 13 RJD MLAs--five of whom are Muslims-- had informed him that they were quitting the party.

”In accordance with the request of the 13 MLAs as per an interim arrangement they have been given permission to sit as a separate group,” an Assembly notification had said.

The RJD MLAs whose signatures were appended on the letter were Samrat Chaudhary, Raghvendra Pratap Singh, Durga Prasad Singh, Lalit Yadav, Anirudh Kumar, Jeetendra Rai, Akhtar-ul-Islam Sahin, Akhtar-ul-Iman, Abdul Gafoor, Faiyazz, Javed Iqbal Ansari, Ram Lakhan Ram Raman and Chandrasekhar.

Shortly after the revolt, six MLAs denied they have left the party and said that they did not consciously sign any letter for walking out of RJD and forming a separate group.

Gafoor claimed that the signature of MLAs were taken for different purposes like raising a matter for call attention motion during the Assembly session.

”I did not sign any letter consciously to leave RJD ... a fraud has been committed on me,” Gafoor said.

Besides Gafoor, the other MLAs who came to RJD office to deny a split were Lalit Yadav, Faiyyaz Ahmad, Durga Prasad Singh, Chandrasekhar and Akhtar-ul Islam Sahin.

Lalit Yadav also denied giving his signature for purpose of leaving the party.