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More JD (U) strongmen in the eye of storm

Ashok Mishra, Hindustan Times  Patna, October 31, 2012
First Published: 15:12 IST(31/10/2012) | Last Updated: 15:13 IST(31/10/2012)

Controversies continue to haunt the JD (U)'s adhikar rally.

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Some overzealous rally managers are in the eyes of storm for forcible collection of money from businessmen in the name of the rally being organised for the grant of special category status to Bihar.

After the extortion demand by the imprisoned former JD (U) MLA Munna Shukla, from the director of an engineering college, several other former legislators and their kin have come under a cloud for raising funds forcibly for the November 4 rally.

Reports said some MLAs of Gopalganj, Rohtas, Jehanabad and Sitamarhi have raised huge money from traders and businessmen.

However, no FIR has been lodged against any of these MLAs so far because of their ecloutf and criminal background barring Katihar, where a case has been lodged against the son of a former MP for demanding money from a brick kiln owner.

The Katihar police, however, said, it had nothing to do with the rally.

Some MLAs with shady background have been quite pro-active in arranging vehicles and funds for the success of the rally. The entire city has been decorated with big photos and hoardings put up by such elements including Anant Singh, Sunil Pandey, Amarendra Pandey and the likes.

Yet another controversy that has gripped the ruling JD (U) is the near-absence of photos of party national president Sharad Yadav among the thousands of hoardings that have sprung up at major roundabouts and intersections of the state capital.

In some hoardings, Sharad Yadav's stamp sizepictures are relegated to the remote corner while chief minister Nitish Kumar appears prominently in almost all of them.

The rally is being organized by the JD (U) but the national president is almost missing from the posters and banners.

In fact, bureaucrat-turnedpolitician RCP Singh figures more prominently than Sharad Yadav.

It is unfair on the part of the organizers to ignore him and project only one or two leaders,h said a senior minister considered close to the national president.

A senior state-level party functionary, however, said it has not been done intentionally.

"Some enthusiastic party workers have got the posters and hoardings of the chief minister installed on their own. The state JD (U) has nothing to do with it," he said.


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