Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014


In a setback to Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) split on Monday as the 13 MLAs broke away from the party.

The rebel legislators may join Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United JD(U).

However, the RJD did not confirm the reports of the division in the party.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad ruled out the development saying he has no idea about the split.

The break-away group needs two more MLAs to be declared a new party and can escape provisions of anti-defection laws.  13 out of 22 RJD legislators today met Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayuan Choudhary. There are strong possibilities of two more RJD MLAs joining the rebel leaders to complete the required number for forming a break-away group.  At least half of the RJD legislators would either be given Lok Sabha tickets by JD (U) or they might be made minister in upcoming cabinet expansion by Nitish Kumar. JD (U) has 116 MLAs and has support of four Congress MLAs and as many independent MLAS in the House of 243.

The move comes as a major blow to the former Bihar chief minister ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

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