A JD(U) minister on Monday defended disqualification of four rebels ruling party MLAs as members of Bihar Assembly on a charge of working against the party during the recently held by-polls to two Rajya Sabha seats.
Former chief ministers of the state, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, friends-turned-foes who have become friends again nearly after a gap of 20 years, will share the stage at a political event today and will begin their joint campaign for the upcoming Assembly by-polls in Bihar.
Claiming that his comments about Nitish Kumar being the next Chief Minister if JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance came to power in the Assembly elections next year were "wrongly interpreted", Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday said that the alliance leaders will decide the Chief Ministerial candidate.
The Monsoon session of Bihar Legislative Assembly starting from June 27 is expected to be full of action with BJP fresh from its victory in the Lok Sabha elections trying to corner the JD(U) government which also has to deal with its own dissident legislators.
The decision on new JD(U) leader was postponed till Monday at the party`s Legislature meeting on Sunday as the MLAs unanimously chose Nitish Kumar as their leader while refusing to accept his resignation.
The Congress-led UPA government was "mired in corruption" and had "failed on all fronts", and there was no way it could return to power at the Centre after next general elections, NDA Convener Sharad Yadav said.