In a damage control exercise, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Sunday issued a show cause notice to Lok Sabha member Mohammad Taslimuddin, who has been aggressive in his attack against chief minister Nitish Kumar in last few days. This is the first time in many years such a senior leader of the party has been slapped a show cause.
The showcause notice served by party’s national secretary general SM Qamar Alam has also censured Taslimuddin for praising PM Narendra Modi in his various press interaction and also speaking out against the principles, policies of the RJD as well as grand coalition.
“The press statements made by you in recent days are against the party’s policies and grand coalition. It appears, you are speaking the language of thee RSS and BJP. More so, as a RJD MP, you have not shied away from praising PM Narendra Modi on different occasions,” read the show cause, in which, the MP has asked to reply within next seven days or else disciplinary action would be taken.
“We have served Taslimuddin a showcause as his statements against the party and coalition have helped the BJP. He has also praised the PM in a statement on May 14 referring to how Modi was doing a good job in running the country whereas in Bihar, there was poor law and order. This is not acceptable,” said Alam.
For last two days, the Araria MP has launched a vitriolic attack against Nitish calling him not even fit to become a ‘Mukhiya( village headman)’ and sought the latter’s resignation for failing on containing crime in the state. Yesterday, he had urged RJD chief to break off the coalition with JD(U) and even threatened of launching a stir.
The statements have not gone down well with the JD(U) leadership with party’s chief spokesperson seeking action against the RJD leaders including senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh.
On Saturday evening, several JD(U) leaders including party’s state president Basishtha Narayan Singh had called on the CM had held talks, triggering speculations that the meeting could have discussed the tirade launched by the RJD leaders against the party.
While the showcause is seen as a damage control exercise by the RJD leadership to avoid any confrontation with its ally JD(U) and give rest to speculations of growing rift between the GA partners over power sharing in the government, many GA leaders felt the indictment of RJD MP was quite ‘soft’ as he was not asked to specifically why he had spoken against the CM in objectionable manner.
Some GA leaders questioned why the RJD had not served a showcause to party’s national vice president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who also has been critical of the CM and functioning of the GA government.
“ Well, Raghuvnash’s comments have never been aimed to put the government in any embarrassment. He has always spoken to guide the government and point out its shortcomings so that it could be improved,” said a senior RJD leader.
The RJD’s controversial MP could not be reached as his phone was switched. “It is not good to serve a show cause to a senior leader like Taslimuddin by the party. Things can always be sorted out by talks,” said a close aide of the MP, expressing his displeasure over the party’s stand to take disciplinary action against the leader., having big clout in Seemanchal area.
Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said that the senior leaders should refrain from making any objectionable statements which harm the coalition or send across a wrong message about the government. “If they have any issues, they should come to us. They should refrain from making provocative statemens,” he said.
On the other hand, JD(U)’s former MLC, Ghulam Ghaus attacked the controversial RJD MP , saying the latter had no moral ground to speak against the CM as he himself was facing several criminal cases.
“ Will a person like Taslimuddin having so many criminal now issue certificate to the CM. He is just like an empty bullet , who is making comments against the CM at the behest of the BJP,” he said.