Manjhi’s removal from legislature party leader’s post not proper, rules Patna high court
GN Bureau | February 11, 2015
Even as Nitish Kumar was knocking on the doors of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Patna High Court on Wednesday declared his appointment as leader of JD(U) legislature party as “illegal”. The court also observed that JD(U) had removed Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi from the post of legislature party leader without following any proper procedure. The court has fixed February 18 as the next date of hearing.
Bihar strongman Nitish Kumar and Manjhi are involved in power struggle. Nitish was elected as leader in the legislature party meeting called by party president Sharad Yadav. However, Manjhi had called that meeting as “illegal and unauthorised” as only he, being the leader of the legislature party, was authorised to call such a meeting of party legislators.
JD(U) MLA from Karakat assembly constituency, Rajeshwar Raj, had filed a petition in the Patna High Court challenging Nitish Kumar’s appointment. Raj is supporting Manjhi in the power tussle.
“Today, while hearing my petition, the Patna High Court termed nomination of Nitish Kumar by the Speaker as the JD(U) legislative party leader as illegal,” said Raj.
Nitish Kumar currently is camping along with his supporting MLAs in Delhi to meet the president. President Pranab Mukherjee will decide today (Wednesday) on the plea. Nitish wants to present supporting MLAs before the president to press a point that he has a majority in the Bihar Assembly.
All eyes now are fixed on Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who is in Delhi. Nitish had met the Governor and staked claim to form the Government as he claimed to have the support of 130 MLAs.
Manjhi too had met the Governor and requested him for the trial of trust vote on the floor of the House with secret ballot and independent observers.
As India celebrates 70 years of freedom, Governance Now looks back and picks 70 words – or phrases, buzzwords, slogans, events – that best define this ancient nation and young democracy. Here, you will find much to be proud of, much tinged with pangs of nostalgia. Then there are entries that
Dr Kenneth E Thorpe, a professor of health policy and management at Emory University in the US and also the executive director of Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases (PFCD), says that the government alone cannot do everything. “They don’t have the resources and capacity. So we have to fin
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of PSUs of ministry of power, signed an agreement with oil marketing companies (OMCs) of ministry of petroleum and natural gas for distribution of energy efficient appliances under the flagship Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and applianc
Union minister for civil aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu airport. Notably, Jammu airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, and airports authority of India (AAI) maintains a civil enclave for civil aircraft operat
The election commission has become increasingly assertive in the past few months, showing its mettle in times of electoral challenges. Weeks after rooting from EVMs and just days after the poll panel declared votes cast by two rebel Congress legislators in the Rajya Sabha e
Is Amit Shah`s blueprint for 350-plus seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections achievable?