An ugly struggle between two leaders in Nitish Kumar’s occasion Janata Dal United (JDU) might quickly attain the courtroom.
Leshi Singh, a Bihar minister, has slapped a defamation discover on her occasion MLA Bima Bharti, who has publicly questioned whether or not she deserves to be in Nitish Kumar’s cupboard.
The minister has demanded Rs 5 crore in damages.
“I will seek legal remedy, but I maintain that Leshi Singh is involved in criminal activities,” Bima Bharti stated, confirming the discover.
Leshi Singh grew to become a minister for the third time final month when Nitish Kumar dumped the BJP and fashioned a brand new authorities with Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD, Congress and different opposition events.
Bima Bharti lashed out publicly towards her colleague, who belongs to the identical district (Purnea) as her. “What does the Chief Minister see in her? She is repeatedly involved in incidents in her area; brings disrepute to the party. Why are we not heard? Is it because we’re from a backward caste,” the MLA charged.
She even threatened to stop as an MLA if Leshi Singh was not eliminated.
Bima Bharti’s outburst didn’t go down properly together with her occasion boss Nitish Kumar. “I cannot make everyone a minister every time,” stated the Bihar Chief Minister, stressing that Bima Bharti had additionally been minister twice.
“This kind of behaviour is not done. The party will speak with her (Ms Bharti) calmly. If she understands, fine. Or else, if she has thought of going here or there, she may consider that,” added Nitish Kumar, livid.
“I’m shocked that she (Bima Bharti) has given such a statement, she was a minister in 2014 and 2019. I’ll meet her and discuss this,” he stated.
The BJP, seizing the prospect to focus on Nitish Kumar, stated allegations towards Leshi Singh had additionally been made previously by his deputy Tejashwi Yadav when he was chief of opposition.
Ms Singh declined to touch upon the discover however informed reporters “I have explained the issue to the party’s national president Lalan Singh. I hold nothing against her (Bharti), though if she begrudges my standing, it is her problem”.