New Delhi, Nov 8 (UNI) Ridiculing the resignation of JD(U) MPs over the attack on north Indians in Maharashtra, the Samajwadi Party today demanded that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should first explain his party's relations with Shiv Sena before shedding ''crocodile tears'' over the plights of the people of his state.
The Shiv Sena is taking credit for attack on north Indians, and Mr Nitish Kumar is still with the BJP whose close relations with the Maharashtra party were well known, SP General Secretary Amar Singh told reporters here.
''The resignations are just escapism. The issues needed to be discussed in the Houses of Parliament instead of running away from it,'' said Mr Singh.
Moreover, the JD(U) MPs, who have resigned were all from Lok Sabha because they know that the elections were round the corner and their term was going to expire anyway. Rajya Sabha membership was more lasting, so none of the party MPs from the House had resigned, the SP leader sought to point out.
''It is all political gimmick, just playing to the gallery,'' said Mr Singh.
Earlier, the Rahtriya Janta Dal led by Mr Lalu Prasad had also accused the JD(U) of enacting a farce by going in for resignation of its MPs over the Maharshtra violence issue.
It was just a ''drama'' to gain political mileage, the Bihar-based party had said.
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