Bihar MLAs say ministers are pricey lot.
The Janata Dal- United ( JDU) legislators authorised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and party president Sharad Yadav to take the final decision on the Janata Parivar merger but not before pouring their hearts out about the shabby treatment meted out to them by the ministers in the state.
" Let alone listening to our grievances, a majority of the ministers do not have even have the time to meet us," MLAs told Nitish on Wednesday at a meeting convened at his official residence to discuss, among other things, the JD- U's merger with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and four other parties. They complained that the indifferent attitude of the ministers had often put them in a spot since they were not able to solve the problems of the people of their constituencies.
" This is, after all, the election year and we all have to go back to the people," the legislators reportedly said.
Taking cognisance of the complaint, Nitish told the ministers to " fix time for meeting the legislators at least once a week." Nitish told the ministers that they not only had to lend their ears to the MLAs and MLCs of the JD ( U) but also those from the allies such as the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the CPI, which had been supporting the state government.
Former chief minister Rabri Devi, Congress legislature party leader Sadanand Singh and RJD legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui were among those who were present on the occasion.
Addressing the legislators, Nitish said that the Janata Parivar merger had caused a panic among the BJP. He asked them to spend more time in their respective constituencies and keep vigil on the communal situation.
In a bid to instill confidence in the legislators, they were also told during the meeting that an internal survey of the party had indicated that the BJP would be reduced to mere 40 seats in the next assembly elections in Bihar.
Ten rebel MLAs belonging to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's faction, however, abstained from the Wednesday meeting.
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