Two more Congress MLAs – Purnima Yadav and Sudarshan Kumar – quit the party to join the Janata Dal (United) on Friday. Along with them Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Udai Narain Rai also accepted the JD(U)’s membership at a function held at the party office in presence of Munger MP Rajiv Ranjan.
Sudharshan Kumar was among the legislators who had planned to leave the Congress after Ashok Choudhary was removed as the state chief in September 2017.
RJD chief spokesman Bhai Birendra said that Bhola Rai was made MLC and a minister by the party chief for his gesture. “No other party would give him the honour and respect which he received by the RJD. However, he had left the party long ago and his joining to the JD(U) would not affect the RJD’s prospects anyway,” an RJD spokesperson said. In the past few months, 7 RJD MLAs and 5 Congress MLAs have quit and joined JD(U) ahead of the assembly polls.
The new members of JD(U) said that they have faith in the leadership of Nitish Kumar and want to work with him for Bihar’s all-round development.