Patna: BJP today demanded secret voting during the vote of confidence sought by Jitan Ram Manjhi government on the floor of the House on February 20.
“We favour that the members of the state legislative assembly be allowed to cast secret ballot to decide the fate of the Manjhi government on the floor of the House,” senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said at a press conference.
The senior BJP leader questioned the neutrality of Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary saying he had doubts on whether the Speaker would go by the rules in conducting the voting, given his ‘questionable’ track record in the past.
“Chaudhary has been known to be biased and for taking decisions in the House at the behest of Nitish Kumar,” Modi said, adding there were examples to substantiate his charge. With the Nitish Kumar camp charging BJP with propping up the Manjhi government from the sideline and offering inducement to some MLAs to the tune of Rs one crore, besides confirmed tickets for Assembly election, Modi hit back saying it was an internal dispute between rival camps of the JD(U) with which the saffron party has nothing to do.
“A power struggle is on within the JD(U) with Nitish Kumar desperately trying to regain the chief minister’s post from his successor Jitan Ram Manjhi, who aspires to continue riding on the Dalit vote bank,” BJP leader said.
“When Nitish Kumar had appointed Manjhi as his successor, he thought that the new chief minister will be a puppet like Rabri Devi, but Manjhi refused to be remote controlled,” he said.