JD-U dilemma on scam tainted leaders

Last Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 00:51

Patna: Bihar`s ruling Janata Dal-United is in a dilemma on whether or not to act against two of its senior leaders convicted in the fodder scam.

JD-U MP Jagdish Sharma and Jagannath Mishra, a former Bihar chief minister, were among 45 people convicted Sep 30 in the fodder scam by a special CBI court in Ranchi.

Both were sent to jail along with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, who too was held guilty.

The JD-U leadership seems to be in two minds on taking action against the two in view of the general elections due next year.

"Thanks to Lalu, the two convicted JD-U leaders hardly get any space in the media," a JD-U leader said.

In Bihar`s caste ridden politics, the JD-U is in no hurry to act against Sharma and Mishra. Both are from the upper castes.

Sharma belongs to the powerful Bhumihar caste while Mishra is a Brahmin. Both castes enjoy political and socio-economic clout in the state.

Though Bhumihars account for only 2.5 to 3 percent of Bihar`s population, they are known to influence others in voting.

Till a few months ago, they were strong supporters of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. But no more.

JD-U spokesman K.C. Tyagi said the JD-U would neither nominate the convicts in elections nor keep any relationship with them.


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First Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 00:51

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