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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 Singh.

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.