In a humiliation to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U), a celebration MLA has claimed to have ensured the defeat of an “conceited” BJP candidate in an adjoining constituency by refusing to marketing campaign in favour of the latter.
A video clip of Narendra Kumar Niraj alias Gopal Mandal, the third-term MLA from Gopalpur in Bhagalpur district, went viral on the social media on Tuesday.
Mandal may be heard, within the clip, making many uncharitable remarks towards district BJP chief Rohit Pandey who was fielded from Bhagalpur seat however misplaced to Ajeet Sharma of the Congress.
Mandal says within the video “whoever I campaigned for, in adjoining seats, received. However, I didn’t canvas for Rohit Pandey who has numerous vanity (ghamand)” and he misplaced.
Mandal additionally expressed resentment over Pandeys failure to greet him whereas they have been sharing the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an election rally.
“The end result BJP misplaced considered one of its pocket boroughs”, the MLA mentioned.
Named after the eponymous city, Bhagalpur was held by the BJP from 1990 until 2014 when Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the sitting MLA, acquired elected to the Lok Sabha from Buxar and ended up within the union council of ministers.
Sharma wrested the seat for the Congress within the ensuing by-poll and retained it, defeating Choubeys son Arijit Shashwat, within the meeting polls of 2015.
He made a hat-trick within the meeting polls final yr, defeating Pandey by a slender margin of simply over 1,000 votes.
JD(U) leaders requested on situation of anonymity that Mandals averment should not be seen because the partys official line however a “private opinion” of the MLA.
That is the second occasion, in current previous, of the social gathering going through a humiliation over the maverick MLAs behaviour.
A number of weeks in the past, one other video had gone viral by which the MLA was seen gyrating alongside dancing women.
BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand skilled his weapons on the JD(U) MLA over his comment that Pandey “didn’t appear like a Brahmin”.
“The comment betrays a caste-based advanced (jaatiwadi kuntha)….. such utterances result in social chasms. Events swearing by social justice should conduct workshops for educating their cadre”, he mentioned.
RLSP nationwide normal secretary Madhaw Anand, whose social gathering is eyeing a return to the NDA fold, voiced disapproval of the “anargal bayaan” (nonsensical assertion) and mentioned leaders of events should rein of their free cannons.
The Congress, in the meantime, selected to take a dig on the NDA over the episode.
“That is kharmaas (an inauspicious month as per Hindu calendar, which ends on Makar Sankranti). Let the interval finish and there will probably be a kharmandal (turmoil) within the NDA which might be exhausting to regulate”, mentioned BPCC spokesman Rajesh Rathore.
Rathores comment was an oblique reference to claims made by the RJD, its senior alliance associate within the state, about the potential for NDA MLAs, principally from the JD(U), crossing over to the Grand Alliance.
The RJD has been insisting that JD(U) MLAs have been feeling stifled on account of its diminished clout within the NDA and an aggressive stance adopted by the BJP which has returned with a tally, in meeting polls, far higher than that of the Chief Ministers social gathering.