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Moments after the Patna High Court rejected the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)’s plea challenging the formation of Nitish Kumar led JDU-BJP government, the upset party petitioners have now decided to approach Supreme Court against the ruling.

“We are disappointed at the decision by Patna HC, the ruling will be now challenged in Supreme Court,” said RJD.

Coming out as a jolt, the Patna HC today dismissed RJD MLA Saroj Yadav’s petition against the formation of JDU-BJP Government in the state of Bihar. Previously, the counsel for petitioners, Jagannath Singh had requested the hearing of the matter on urgent basis.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, today took charge as Deputy CM of Bihar and asserted that development will be the main priority of Nitish-led government in the state. “We’ll also continue our fight against corruption,” he said.

In the petition filed, the petitioners — Saroj Yadav, RJD MLA from Barhara in Bhojpur district, and Chandan Verma — claimed that in 2015 elections the mandate was for Kumar-led Grand Alliance and against the BJP for five years.

The petition also challenged the decision of Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s decision to allow Nitish Kumar to form government in the state and not asking RJD a chance despite being the single largest party after the Assembly elections 18 months earlier.

Calling JD(U)-BJP government as ‘unconstitutional’ the leaders claimed that RJD was the single largest ruling party and should have been given the preference over formation of the new government in Bihar after Nitish Kumar had resigned from the post of chief minister of Bihar, breaking the ‘mahgathbandhan’ of Congress, RJD and JD(U).

Meanwhile, commenting on the alliance with BJP and forming the government in Bihar, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said, “I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar, it’s unfortunate. The mandate by the people was not for this.”

First Published | 31 July 2017 1:04 PM
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