A trio of women in the Kosi-Seemanchal region seems to be troubling Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar more than friend turned foe BJP.
Former industries minister Renu Kushwaha, Khagaria legislator Poonam Devi Yadav and her Pipra counterpart Sujata Devi — referred to as ‘Teen Deviyan’ — revolted against JD-U to canvass for candidates of their choice. The JD-U expelled them.
Renu Kushwaha is the chief campaigner for her husband Vijay Singh Kushwaha, the BJP nominee from Madhepura against JD-U president Sharad Yadav and RJD strongman Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav. “I have given my best to JD-U. But it refused to give us our due, and so deserves to suffer,” she said.
Sujata Devi too felt let down by JD-U after the party declined to re-nominate her scam-tainted husband Vishwamohan Kumar for the Supaul seat. She is now campaigning for the constituency’s BJP nominee Kameshwar Choupal.
Sujata had won the Pipra assembly seat for JD-U in 2010 against Dileshwar Kamat, who is now the JD-U candidate from Supaul. “How can I campaign for a person who was my opponent?” she said.
She added the JD-U lacked internal democracy. “It gives no importance to MLAs and is run by a handful of persons ignorant of electoral intricacies,” she said.
Poonam Devi Yadav, the last of the triumvirate, is vigorously canvassing for her sister and RJD nominee from the Khagaria LS seat, Krishna Kumari Yadav. The JD-U denied her a ticket from Khagaria and re-nominated Dinesh Chandra Yadav.
The trio does not worry about any punitive action for their rebellion.
“If the party cracks the whip, it will have to do so against almost all the MLAs. Why single out only women MLAs of the Kosi-Seemanchal region?” Poonam said.