After huge embarrassment following the withdrawal of Akhtartul Iman from the contest in Kishanganj, the JD(U) is facing a revolt by its women legislators in the Kosi-Seemanchal region.
Called the "Teen Deviyan"- former industries minister Renu Kushwaha, Khagaria MLA Poonam Devi Yadav and Pipra MLA Sujata Devi, are openly canvassing for BJP candidates in Supaul, Madhepura and Khagaria and trying to scuttle the poll prospects of party nominees. The party has already expelled them.
Former minister Renu Kushwaha has taken over the command of campaigning for her husband Vijay Singh Kushwaha, who is the BJP nominee from Madhepura against JD(U) president Sharad Yadav.
Initially, Kushwaha was considered a weak candidate vis-à-vis RJD strongman Rahjesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav and Sharad Yadav, but due to her tireless efforts, the BJP is gaining ground in Madhepura, forcing chief minister Nitish Kumar to camp here for about a week.
"I have given the best to the party as a legislator and then as minister. But the party did not treat us well and refused to give us our due. The JD(U) is bound to suffer due to dominance of some rootlress persons,"Renu said.
The JD(U) MLA from Pipra, Sujata Devi has taken up the responsibilities of poll campaign for Supaul's BJP nominee Kameshwar Choupal after her husband Vishwamohan Kumar was denied re-nomination by the party when his name figured in the Cobra Post scandal.
Sujata had won the Pipra assembly seat as JD(U) nominee in 2010 assembly elections against Dileshwar Kamat, who is now the JD(U) candidate from Supaul Lok Sabha seat.
"How can I campaign for a person who was my opponent in the assembly elections?" she said.
Sujata also blamed the JD(U) leadership for the mess in the party. "There is no internal democracy in the party. The MLAs are not given importance in party affairs. It is virtually run by a handful of persons having no idea of fighting elections," she said.
Another JD(U) legislator from Khagaria, Poonam Devi Yadav, is vigorously canvassing for her sister and RJD nominee from Khagaria parliamentary seat Krishna Kumari Yadav.
Wife of local strongman Ranvir Yadav, she wanted a Lok Sabha ticket from JD(U) from Khagaria. But she was denied it, because the party decided to re-nominate Dinesh Chandra Yadav.
The three women legislators hardly bother of any precipitate action by the party for campaigning in support of the rival candidates. "The JD(U) cannot expel any legislator because it is precariously placed in the state assembly in terms of number of MLAs," said Sujata.
She said, if the party intended to crack the whip against rebel MLAs, it would have to initiate disciplinary action against almost all the MLAs. "Why single out only women MLAs of Kosi region? Almost all the JD(U) MLAs are working against the party candidates in their respective areas," she said.
The rebellion by women legislators has put the JD(U) in a tight spot in the Kosi region, where the party had won three seats, including Madhepura, Supaul and Khagaria in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
"Since the party is plagued by revolt by its legislators, its poll prospects appear to be doomed," said Suraj Yadav of Pipra falling in Supaul constituency.