JD(U) suspends seven ministers siding Manjhi
PATNA: Janata Dal(U) in Bihar on Tuesday suspended seven
ministers owing allegiance to chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, from its fold, ahead
of the February 20 trial of strength for him on the floor of the assembly.
The seven ministers were suspended by state president of the
party Basistha Narayan Singh after receiving consent from the party’s national
president Sharad Yadav, party chief whip in the assembly Shrawan Kumar said.
The seven suspended ministers are Narendra Singh, Brishen Patel,
Shahid Ali Khan, Samrat Chaudhary, Nitish Mishra, Mahachandra Prasad Singh and Bhim
Art and culture minister Vinay Bihari is an independent. JD(u)
has already expelled Manjhi from the party after which assembly speaker Uday Narayan
Chaudhary declared him an unattached member.
Shrawan Kumar said the decision on the suspension was taken
after the seven ministers failed to comply with the party’s direction to quit
the Manjhi cabinet.