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Bihar trust vote: Manjhi camp trying to 'buy' MLAs, say Nitish supporters

The Janata Dal (U)on Thursday charged chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's camp with "trying to survive by buying MLAs" ahead of the confidence vote in the state assembly.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2015 16:36 IST
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The Janata Dal (U) on Thursday charged chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's camp with "trying to survive by buying MLAs" ahead of the confidence vote in the state assembly.

In a hurriedly-called press conference, JD(U) state president Vashistha Narayan Singh presented party MLA from Sheohar constituency, Sharfuddin who alleged that Pappu Yadav, RJD MP from Madhepura had telephoned him offering money and a minister's post if he supports Manjhi during the floor test on Friday.

"Pappu Yadav called me on my mobile and tried to lure me into supporting Manjhi by promising all sorts of things. He said I will be given a minister's post, money and whatever I wish for if I vote in favour of Manjhi during the confidence vote," Sarfudding told reporters.

The Sheohar MLA also played the recording of the phone call, allegedly made by Yadav, and said that he was staunchly with his party and senior leader Nitish Kumar as its leader.

Deviating from his party line, Pappu Yadav had recently appealed to his party president Lalu Prasad not to support Nitish Kumar on the issue of Jitan Ram Manjhi's removal.

Pledging his support to Manjhi in his individual capacity, Pappu Yadav had appealed to MLAs, including those of his own party, to vote on the basis of "voice of their conscience".

Speaking on the occasion, JD(U) state president Vashistha Narayan Singh said, "The Manjhi government has fallen into minority, hence it is trying to buy our MLAs to survive the floor test. It has stopped thinking about ethics, morality and laws that prohibit horse-trading of legislators."

Singh added that all MLAs of JD(U) were united under the leadership of Kumar and Manjhi will lose the confidence vote, however hard he may try to survive by hook or by crook.

The JD(U) state president also alleged that the efforts to buy MLAs have the "nod of BJP, which is hand in gloves with Manjhi and Pappu Yadav".

"The real face of BJP will get revealed tomorrow during the floor test. It is completely in cahoots with Manjhi and Pappu Yadav. It should reply to the public as to why it is trying to save the Manjhi government," Singh said.

Senior JD(U) leader and former food minister Shyam Rajak, who was present on the occasion said the unity of the legislators of his party will be witnessed by everybody in the assembly on Friday. He also charged Manjhi with playing the 'mahadalit' card for political gains.

Pappu Yadav denies bribe charge

Meanwhile, Pappu Yadav denied making the call to Sharfuddin, the JD(U) MLA, and said he was prepared for any kind of inquiry into the allegation.

"I do not know Sharfuddin. I have nothing to do with him," Pappu Yadav told PTI.

"Thousands of people talk to me in a day so its difficult to recognise who is what," he said.

Asked if he was working in favour of Jitan Ram Manjhi to help him sail through the trust vote tomorrow despite the RJD supporting Nitish Kumar, the MP from Madhepura said, "I am working to save only the poor. I am not a MLA who can mobilise legislators in favour of somebody. I have merely appealed to legislators to vote after hearing voice of their conscience."

Pappu Yadav, who trounced JD(U) president Sharad Yadav at Madhepura in the parliamentary election, has been rooting for Manjhi in his power tussle with mentor Nitish Kumar.

Yadav's conduct has been taken unkindly by the RJD with Lalu Prasad's son Tejaswi Yadav reminding him that he is a party Lok Sabha member.

First Published: Feb 19, 2015 15:22 IST