Patna: In a setback to Bihar`s ruling Janata
Dal (United) ahead of the assembly elections, two senior party
leaders, who failed to get nomination, today resigned from the
The two former ministers and state vice-presidents of the
party Ashok Kumar Singh and Mitilesh Kumar Singh tendered
their resignations protesting "autocratic" style of Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar`s functioning.
The leaders alleged largescale irregularities, including
`under-hand dealing`, during distribution of tickets while
"ignoring genuine" leaders having popular support.
Ashok Singh, a senior leader and former minister during
RJD rule and hailing from Saharsa district, had left RJD a few
"I joined JD(U) on the assurance of Kumar that he
will take my suggestions while selecting the candidates for
north Bihar... But instead of taking my advice Kumar has
denied ticket to me," Singh told reporters here.
Singh said he would neither join any other party nor
contest the next election but form a `morcha` and launch a
campaign for ousting Kumar from the office.
Similar views were expressed by Mithilesh Singh, who had
followed Nitish Kumar when Kumar had formed Samata Party in
the state to take on Lalu Prasad.
In another development, state minority cell spokesman
of JD(U) Javed Mehboob said Md Saleem had been appoined as new
chief of the minority cell in place of Abu Talib Rehmani who
had been expelled on the charge of anti-party activities.
Rehmani today joined RJD stating he was not feeling
comfortable in JD(U).