‘Totally Baseless’: Nitish Kumar on 17 MLAs Looking to Leave JD(U)

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Shyam Rajak had claimed that 17 JDU MLAs were looking to join RJD.

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Bihar CM and JD(U) Chief Nitish Kumar. Image used for representational purposes.
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After Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Shyam Rajak claimed that 17 JD(U) MLAs were looking to defect to the RJD, Bihar CM and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar informed ANI that the claim was “totally baseless.”

Rajak had said earlier that 17 legislators from Nitish Kumar's JD(U) were in touch with them and all set to join RJD, according to ANI.

He added that, “Since we don't want to violate anti-defection law, we have told them that we will welcome them only when they come in a group of 28 MLAs. Their strength will grow to 28 very soon.”

Rajak also claimed that JD(U) legislators were discontent with BJP’s influence on Nitish Kumar’s government, India Today reported.

According to the report by India Today, JD(U) spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan was quoted saying, “There is no resentment in JD(U). Our party is upset over what happened in Arunachal but this does not mean that our legislators will get misguided. RJD, in turn, should keep its house together as many of the legislators are unhappy with Tejashwi Yadav's style of functioning.”

"There is no resentment in JD(U). Our party is upset over what happened in Arunachal but this does not mean that our legislators will get misguided. RJD in turn should keep its house together as many of the legislators are unhappy with Tejashwi Yadav's style of functioning," said Ranjan.

(With inputs from ANI and India Today)

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