After being insulted by RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin and embarrassed by one of their own leaders, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other JD (U) leaders have prepared their strategy to deal with the situation. Their plan reportedly includes attacks on the RJD with messages of coalition ‘dharma’ and ignoring Shahabuddin.
Soon after his release from Bhagalpur jail on bail, the notorious strongman from Siwan had attacked Kumar, calling him a circumstantial CM and that only RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was his leader. Much to the embarrassment of Kumar, Shahabuddin reached Siwan from Bhagalpur followed by a cavalcade of about 400 vehicles. On Monday, party leaders rushed in for an urgent meeting for image control in the wake of Shahbuddin’s attack on the CM.
JD(U) was further embarrassed after its MLA from Belhar, Giridhari Yadav visited Shahabuddin in Siwan after his release from the jail. Giridhari was seen sitting in the convict’s ‘darbar’ in Siwan on Sunday. On Monday, the party issued a show-cause notice to Giridhari.
The Hindustan Times quoted JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Singh as saying that the party was mulling “serious action” against Giridhari. The daily quoted JD (U) insiders as saying that Giridhari was “instrumental” in arranging special treatment to Shahabuddin in Bhagalpur jail. Shahabuddin enjoyed all kinds of luxury as VIP in the jail’s hospital since he was shifted there in May.
JD (U) leaders on Monday discussed their strategy post-Shahabuddin release and decided to attack RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and ignore Shahabuddin, according to HT. Singh has attacked the Nitish Kumar government several times in the past 10 months, he did it again after Shahabuddin’s release.
The JD(U) has asked RJD to restrain its leaders from speaking against leaders of the Grand Alliance in public. HT quoted JD(U) minister as telling reporters in Patna that the “inappropriate remarks, often more jarring than by Opposition BJP, were not only against ‘alliance dharma’ but also sending out the wrong message.” He appealed to the RJD chief to tackle the issue immediately.
On Sunday, the Bihar CM had countered criminal-turned-politician Shahabuddin’s swipe at him, saying the people of Bihar had given the mandate to him. He had also asked the media “not to waste time and space by giving mileage to such people”.
Shahabuddin was lodged in Siwan jail since 2005 in several cases of murder and kidnapping. He has been convicted by Siwan court in eight cases and was sentenced to life in two.