Patna, June 22: The JDU is using the “carrot and stick” policy to deal with the dissident MLAs.
The party has sought disqualification of four of the 18 dissident JDU MLAs for cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha by-polls on June 19. For the rest, there is a reconciliation plan. Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said he would like to meet them personally.
Those getting the “stick” are Gyanendra Singh Gyanu, Neeraj Kumar Bablu, Rahul Sharma and Ravindra Rai.
The parliamentary affairs minister and the chief whip of the JDU in the Assembly, Srawan Kumar, has written to Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary seeking their disqualification. The Speaker’s office has issued a notice, asking the four MLAs to appear before Chaudhary on June 25.
“We have sought their disqualification because they had no legal and moral right to become proposers for Independent candidates and their agents after being elected to the House on JD(U) tickets. Their actions say that they no longer want to be in the party,” Srawan said, adding that the evidence against the four MLAs was irrefutable.
The rebel group dissented the move against the four MLAs. “It’s a pressure tactic,” said Rahul, one of the four MLAs against whom action has been sought. Gyanu alleged that Nitish Kumar was trying to scare them.
“Even before the Rajya Sabha polls, two dissident MLAs Renu Kushwaha and Anu Shukla were served notices by the Speaker’s office to woo them back,” he said, stressing that they had done nothing which can be described as anti-party. The four dissident MLAs said they would go to the Speaker’s office to explain their stand on June 25.
Violation of party directives in the Rajya Sabha polls by MLAs does not attract the anti-defection laws. “Even we know that but we can get them disqualified by the Speaker. At the most, they will go to court. By the time the judicial process is over the state will be ready for the Assembly polls,” said a Nitish loyalist.
While the JDU has taken a tough stance on the four, the rest of the rebels would be wooed to return to the party.
Manjhi, who returned from New Delhi today, said he would like to meet some of the dissident MLAs and request them to return to the party fold. “The action taken by the party against some MLAs is justified as no action would have given rise to indiscipline within the party,” he said.