RJD dubs JD(U) MPs resignation as 'drama'

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Patna, Nov 7 (UNI) The RJD today dubbed the resignation of the JD(U) MPs, on the issue of violence against the Biharis in Maharashtra, as a ''drama'' to gain political mileage.

Party national spokesman Shyam Rajak told UNI that JD(U) had broken the unity among all the political parties in Bihar on the issue, as it had failed to take other parties into confidence and evolved a common strategy to protect the interests of the Biharis in Maharashtra.

Chief Minister and senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, along with an all-party delegation, had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 27 to demand his personal intervention for the safety and security of the Biharis in Maharashtra, he said, adding that the JD(U) should have taken the initiative for evolving a consensus on the resignations by all the MPs, MLAs and MLCs from the state to protest the ''unprovoked violence''.

''The sensitivity of the JD(U) on the issue could be gauged from the fact that it did not even bother to take the BJP into confidence before deciding for enmasse resignation, despite being an ally of the NDA,'' Mr Rajak said.

''It is only a drama, just for drawing political mileage, without doing anything concrete on the issue,'' he added.

''The JD(U) should sever its ties with the NDA, as Shiv Sena is one of its allies, which is perpetrating violence against the Biharis in Maharashtra,'' Mr Rajak pointed out.

He exuded his confidence that Mr Nitish Kumar would also ensure the resignation of all his party MPs, MLAs and MLCs, as was being done by RJD supremo and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.

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