Congress – RJD welcome Sharad Yadav against Nitish

The Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s invitation to Janta Dal (united) leader and co-founder Sharad Yadav in the fight against the Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, was welcomed by the Congress Party on Monday.

Sharad Yadav, who is a colleague of the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has expressed his disapproval towards his ties with the BJP. Yadav, who decided to remain silent for five days was invited by Lalu to fight against Nitish Kumar. On Monday, Yadav broke his silence and said he does not agree with the steps taken by his colleague. According to a report by NDTV, the veteran leader told the reporters at Parliament, “Whatever happened is very unfortunate, the mandate by the people was not for this.”

On July 26, 2016, Nitish Kumar took a political change as he broke his mahagahtbandhan with RJD and Congress and shakes hands with the BJP. According to Kumar, the refusal of resignation by the deputy chief minister, Tejashwi Yadav, made him take the step.

ANI reported that Naresh Agarwal, a leader of Samajwadi Party (SP), condemned the decision taken by Kumar and also pointed out that a senior leader like Sharad Yadav was left out from making this decision.

RJD is planning to launch “Desh bachao, BJP bhagao” movement soon.

 

Sources: ANI news, NDTV

 

JDU checkmates RJD joins hand with BJP

Nitish Kumar sudden decision to break the grand-alliance and join BJP within hours came as a shock to many, but those who were in the political circles knew that something was not very right. It was like a game of chess between JDU and RJD where JDU was winning the board with every move they made, till the final check-mate this week.

Nitish Kumar was one of the few oppositional leaders who supported demonetization while his ally RJD was against it. On the issue of GST Bill, Nitish Kumar’s JDU was first to support BJP. In the last presidential elections, almost everyone began to see the tilt which JDU had towards BJP. The rumors began to take serious shape with CBI investigating the hotel scam against Lalu Yadav’s family. JDU has repeatedly demanded former deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav to step down based on alleged corrupt allegations.

However, one thing is very clear that Nitish Kumar is no more in the race of becoming PM, as Narendra Modi would occupy that post. Within two years of breaking up with the NDA camp, JDU realized that it is not getting what it wanted as family politics of “Yadavs” did not give JDU the full-fledged freedom to rule autonomously. JDU’s decision to break ranks with the NDA had gone bad. In the national assembly elections, JDU was able to secure only 2 seats across Bihar. Nitish Kumar also resigned and appointed Jeetan Ram Manjhi as the new Chief Minister who was not able to rule properly. In the end, the situation became so bad that Manjhi founded his own party i.e. Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM).

This is the first time since 1990, that both the state government and the central government are ruled by the same coalition party in Bihar. The demand for “special-status” for Bihar can be fulfilled under these circumstances and more funds can flow inside the state. Thus for the general population of Bihar, it could be a blessing as there has always been a shortage of funds allocated from the center in Bihar.

RJD can now try to split the JDU, as there are reports of some JDU leaders including Ali Anwar Ansari and Sharad Yadav who are unhappy with Nitish Kumar’s decision. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury are also trying to engineer a split within JDU. If RJD is successful even a small fraction of JDU leaders it would be difficult for the ruling coalition to stand the floor test. Also with 80 seats, RJD is currently the biggest party in Bihar. There are 16 Muslim-Yadav legislators in the JDU camp which can break up, due to a difference in ideology with BJP. RJD may try to convince them, that Nitish Kumar would backstab them when the time is right.

However, the situation of the opposition is now in tatters if we look at its preparation for the 2019 assembly elections. With Congress losing one state after another and defection of party members followed by a broken opposition which has a divided ideology, it will be very difficult for them to defeat a strong NDA which has been expanding in every direction.

Nitish Kumar is the Chief Minister again just like the last week, everything seems to be functioning normally, and just political-parties have changed hands. Sushil Modi is back in his shoes of deputy CM thanking Tejaswi Yadav for being an accused of corruption charges. What else can one expect from politics in Bihar?

 

News Sources- Financial Express 

RJD worker close to Shahabuddin shot dead in Siwan

Minhaj Khan, a youth leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in north Bihar’s Siwan district was shot dead early on Saturday, July 29 morning by unidentified gunmen. This development comes three days after a JD(U)-BJP government has come to power in the state.

According to Hindustan Times, Khan – a close aide of controversial and currently imprisoned former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin – was asleep when the gunmen shot and killed him around 3 am in the morning. He was a district general secretary of the RJD Yuva Morcha. notorious local gangster and criminal Raju Khan is being blamed by Khan’s family members for plotting and carrying out his murder.

Post the murder, the village came under a blanket of tension, with many villages gathering outside the victims house. Police teams were also deployed to keep the situation from going out of hand. Times of India reported that the police teams that were camping in the area also found country-made carbine and five live bombs in Khan’s house. A probe has begun, led by Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sanjeet Kumar Prabhat along with Basantpur police. The station house officer stated that it looked like a case of personal enmity.

News Source: Times Of India, Hindustan Times

Image Source: NDTV

Tejashwi Yadav won’t resign, ‘RJD’

The politics of Bihar has taken another turn with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) announcing today that party leader and deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav won’t be resigning over the CBI raids in the land-for-hotels case.

This announcement comes a day before the Janata Dal (United) legislators meeting called by Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, to decide upon party’s stand on the raids. The RJD made it clear that there was no question of Tejashwi resigning from the office.

The CBI last Friday conducted raids against RJD party chief Lalu Yadav, his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav.

So far, Nitish Kumar has not made any comments on the raids and the statement by the RJD leaders has clearly sent the JD(U) leaders into a frenzy who were seen rushing to Kumar’s official residence post the announcement.

As far as the future of the alliance and Bihar’s politics is concerned, both the party leaders have assured the continuation of the alliance and accused the BJP government at the Centre of trying to harm the alliance by such moves.

Sharad Yadav, senior JD(U) leader and party’s Rajya Sabha member also added that efforts were on to “destabilise the grand alliance government in Bihar by the BJP-led Central government”.

Sources: Times of India, Deccan Herald

 

CBI raids Lalu Yadav again

Fresh raids were conducted by CBI against RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav in the case of alleged irregularities in awarding the tender for maintenance of hotels. Raids are being conducted at 12 locations including Patna, Ranchi, Gurugram, and Puri.

The CBI has filed a case against Lalu Prasad Yadav his wife and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi and his son cum Deputy CM of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav reported Firstpost.

CBI Additional Director Rakesh Asthana said that substantial proof of irregularities was found in the privatisation of two Indian railway hotels to register a case. These hotels were transferred to M/S Sujata private limited a firm owned by Sarla Gupta. Also, another piece of land was sold to Sarada in western Patna at rates considerably below the circle. “The case is of criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption,” Asthana said.

Firstpost reported that Bihar BJP chief Sushil Modi reacted to the news by stating that once again Nitish Kumar has to decide whether they want to keep tainted leaders of RJD in its cabinet. Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi mentioned that law should be allowed to take its course and no knee-jerk political response should be taken.

Senior RJD leader stated that “today is a dark day in Indian democracy, we will not be cowed down by this) Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu rubbished the claims of central government using CBI against its opposition as reported by India.

Sources: India Today

Image Source: Indian Express

Mohammad Shahabuddin: Power in jail, power out of jail

Much hullaballoo has already been created with the release of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin from the Bhagalpur jail on September 10, after 11 years in prison. The four-time MP and two-time MLA, who has often been regarded as the dreaded don of Bihar’s Siwan district, almost immediately stoked controversy when he called Bihar CM Nitish Kumar a “chief minister of circumstances”. He did not even spare PM Narendra Modi, calling his government “zero, bakwas (useless)” in an interview with a Times Network reporter.

The response to his release from prison has been that of contrasts: while the citizens of Siwan seem to have given him a grandiose welcome, the Bihar government – irked by his comments on Kumar – went to the Supreme Court seeking a cancellation of his bail. Notably, the apex court did not stay this bail order of the Patna High Court on Monday and sought the reply of Shahabuddin himself on the issue.

Shahabuddin jumped into the political arena in 1990, when he was first elected the MLA in Bihar. From 1996 till 2008, he was the Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Siwan constituency. He was jailed in 2005 when Bihar was under President’s Rule, and the subsequent Nitish Kumar-led government ensured that he was properly persecuted with the formation of a special court dealing only with his cases. Notably, his wife, Heena Shahab contested the Lok Sabha elections from the district in 2009 and 2014. Both the times, she was defeated.

The 49-year-old has a total of 40 cases against him since 1986, with 24 of them still pending. The cases in which he has been convicted include the murder of CPI (ML) leader Chhotelal Shukla in 1999, attack on Siwan SP SK Singhal, and the murder of brothers Girish Raj and Satish Raj in 2004, among others. Not only this, his involvement has also been suspected in the infamous murder of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president and CPI (ML) member Chandrashekhar Prasad in 1997, as well as that of Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in 2016 – at a time when he was in the Siwan central jail.

Often referred to as bahubali, (strongman) Shahabuddin’s dominance over Siwan seems to have been based on both a culture of fear as well as patronage. Various tales of his contribution for the locals of Siwan, helped him gain a Robin Hood-like image with widespread popularity. But these stand in pale comparison with stories that narrate the assaults by his men on anyone who dared to raise a finger against him. Shahbuddin maintained direct control over health, education, trade, land deals and the liquor business. He took the delivery justice in his own hands with his own brand of courts. Tales go as far to suggest that when Shahabuddin was in power, people even avoided travelling at night.

This apart, Shahabuddin’s significance within the political fold over the years, despite his involvement in criminal activities, can be attributed to two important factors. First is the minority (Muslim) votes he commands in Siwan, as well as other neighbouring districts. These, according to him, have not moved to Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) (JDU), but have remained with his party. The second factor – which may not be very significant in the present context but was so in the past – was the large-scale support he enjoyed from the landed upper castes. Speaking on this, Shahabuddin was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “In those days, those whom the CPI (ML) called feudal were with me and the RJD government. At that time, there were only two sides. I gave a political umbrella to those upper castes in Siwan who have now migrated to the BJP.”

Politically speaking, the release of Mohammed Shahabuddin comes at an inopportune time for the ruling Mahagathbandan alliance of JDU, RJD and the Congress. The 49-year-old, by overtly criticising Nitish Kumar and calling RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav his onlyneta (leader), has dealt a further blow to the alliance already suffering from internal fissures. The limbo is clearly reflected by the state government in its contrasting stands. While the government did file for a petition with the SC against the bail order and is now mulling a non-bailable warrant against him, this has been clearly at odds with Lalu Prasad Yadav defending Shahabuddin after his statement. In fact, RJD vice-president Raghubansh Prasad Singh even supported the jibe against the chief minister of his own alliance.

SOURCES: Indian Express

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Kolkata hit-and-run case: Former RJD leader’s son arrested

Kolkata: The city police arrested Sambia Sohrab, the son of former RJD leader Mohammed Sohrab late on Saturday night in connection with the hit-and-run case that happened on January 13 at Red Road. Sambia has been identified as the prime accused in the accident that killed an IAF officer.

Sambia, his brother Ambia and father have been absconding since Januray 13, trying to escape the clutches of law. Sambia had been constantly changing his mobile phone number to erase any traces as well. However, Sambia’s cellphone tower was located near central city at around 8.30 last night. The police then tracked him down and finally arrested him at around 11.15p.m. at Park Ciricus when he was trying to escape to his in-laws’ place.

The accident took place on January 13 on Red road where the IAF personnel where rehearsing for the republic day parade when a white-coloured Audi mowed down the street, hitting 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud. Sambia was allegedly behind the wheel of the car when the accident occurred. The car barged into the parade area breaking down three guard rails before it hit the officer.

 

Sources: Zee News ,  IBN Live