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Bihar crisis: Speaker to chair all-party meet today; BJP to boycott

Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhury has convened an all-party meet on Monday to look into the demand of the Janata Dal (United) faction led by Nitish Kumar that they be recognised as the main Opposition party.


Bihar crisis: Speaker to chair all-party meet today; BJP to boycott

Patna: Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhury has convened an all-party meet on Monday to look into the demand of the Janata Dal (United) faction led by Nitish Kumar that they be recognised as the main Opposition party.

The demand has been made in view of the upcoming trust vote against the Jitan Ram Manjhi government on February 20.

“At the request of the JD(U) leaders for recognition as the main Opposition party and separate sitting arrangements in the Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session, I’ve called a meeting of all parties for 3 pm, February 16,” Chaudhury informed on Saturday.

The BJP, however, has made it clear that it will not allow such a thing to happen. The party has further decided to boycott the meeting.

BJP's Nand Kishore Yadav, Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly, said they will not allow such a move and would move court if the Nitish-led JD(U) faction is recognised as the main Opposition party.

After the JD(U) had quit the alliance with the BJP in 2013, the latter was recognised as the main Opposition party, Yadav added.

On Sunday, JD(U) and its allies had slammed Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and the BJP for the political instability in the state.

"Bihar has been pushed into turmoil and political instability due to the long rope given by the governor at the behest of BJP to Chief Minister Manjhi to seek trust vote," JD(U) state president Bashistha Narayan Singh told reporters.

JD(U) had expelled Manjhi from the party after he defied orders to step down and let Nitish take over as CM.

From Zee News

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