Bihar Modi claims that Nitish govt will fall soon

Sushil Kumar Modi has claimed that atleast 50 out of the 116 JDU MLAs were in touch with the BJP and may bring the govt down after the LS polls

Patna : The JDU government led by Nitish Kumar which had survived the trust motion in Bihar assembly in June last year faces an imminent threat to its existence as a section of the party legislators are in a mood of rebellion.

Former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has claimed that atleast 50 out of 116 JDU MLAs were in touch with the BJP and may bring down the government immediately after the Lok Sabha elections.

His party colleague and former health minister Ashwini Kumar Chaubey has in fact claimed the government will collapse on May 21. In the 243 strength Bihar assembly, JDU has 116 MLAs. By-elections to five assembly constitutencies are taking place alongwith the Lok sabha elections. Two more JDU MLAs quit during the elections and joined the BJP leading to reduction in JDU strength to 114 only. BJP has 91 members, four are from the Congress and RJD which had 22 MLAs also split last month.

Modi claimed the JDU legislators were in fact active in campaign for the BJP candidates in different constitutencies. One of them Renu Kumari who was industries minister till March 10, quit the cabinet and active in campaign at Madhepura for her husband and BJP candidate Vijay Kumar Kushwaha. She worked against the national JDU president Sharad Yadav in the constitutency, though she did not resign her membership of Bihar assembly.

Sushil Kumar Modi said, the BJP would not engineer downfall of the government but claimed since most of the JDU MLAs were unhappy with the chief minister, they would cause a split in the party. BJP would help them to form the next govt with any outside support. On June 19, 2013, with the support of four Congress MLAs and one CPI member in the House, Nitish Kumar government could manage to survive following the removal of BJP ministers.

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