Bihar political crisis: BJP boycotts all-party meet called by Assembly Speaker

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Patna, Feb 18: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday boycotted the all-party meet called by Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary, accusing him of acting in favour of JD(United) leader Nitish Kumar.

According to report Zee News, leader of the opposition Nand Kishore Yadav said the meeting held no meaning without the presence of the Chief Minister and the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

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Amid the political crisis in Bihar, the Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday suspended from its fold seven Ministers owing allegiance to Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, ahead of the February 20, 2015 trial of strength in the Assembly.

The Seven Ministers were suspended by State JD(U) president Basistha Narayan Singh after receiving consent from the party's national president Sharad Yadav, party chief whip in the Assembly Shrawan Kumar said.

The seven suspended Ministers are: Narendra Singh, Brishen Patel, Shahid Ali Khan, Samrat Chaudhary, Nitish Mishra, Mahachandra Prasad Singh and Bhim Singh. Art and Culture Minister Vinay Bihari is an independent.

Shrawan Kumar said the decision on the suspension was taken after the seven Ministers failed to comply with the party's direction to quit the Manjhi Cabinet.

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