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BJP calls legislature party meet over Manjhi issue

BJP calls legislature party meet over Manjhi issue
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“Two days are left, the party will decide its stand on Manjhi trust vote on February 20 on the floor of the Assembly,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said.

Modi, who returned to Patna on Tuesday after meeting party’s central leadership in Delhi, said he apprised BJP president Amit Shah about the situation in Bihar. The BJP has called a meeting of its legislature party on February 18 and 19 to take “ground-level feedback” on the issue of support to the Chief Minister from legislators and apprise the central leadership.

“Any decision on support to Manjhi will be taken after that,” Modi said. Support of 87 BJP MLAs is crucial for Manjhi to achieve the magic figure of 117 and pass the floor test.

The BJP leader said his party was against change of government “every six months as it was not good for the development of the state”.

On the Patna High Court’s order restraining Manjhi till February 19 from taking policy decision having financial implications, Modi said neither Manjhi nor Nitish Kumar should make big announcements till the Assembly elections.  Modi also took on former Chief Minister and senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar over his allegations of partisanship by Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on confidence vote.

“Kumar is continuously harping that the Governor has given a long time to Manjhi to prove his majority, but he has forgotten that he was given 7 days by the then Bihar Governor Vinod Chandra Pandey in 2000 to prove his majority,” he said. The BJP leader also hit out at Kumar for raising questions about which government’s speech will the Governor read during inauguration of the Assembly budget session. “Kumar should remember it better. On March 10, 2000, the then Governor read his speech despite the fact that he was yet to prove majority. Kumar later resigned when he saw that he will not pass the floor test,” Modi, who was with Nitish Kumar at that time said.

Manjhi loyalists suspended as effort to buy them failed: BJP

Taking a dig at JD-U leader Nitish Kumar for suspension seven party’s ministers in Bihar, BJP on Tuesday said the action was taken after efforts failed to “buy them” ahead of the trust vote chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi faces in the Assembly on February 20.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said JD-U will go into history as the first party in the country to sack its own chief minister, its ministers and its MLAs. It has so far expelled or suspended 16 legislators, including ministers and the chief minister, he said.
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