JD (U) minister quits over ‘bribe video’ a day before voting in Bihar
New Delhi: A day before
voting in the first-phase of elections in Bihar, state cabinet minister and JD (U)
leader Awadhesh Kushwaha tendered his resignation after a video emerged showing
him taking money in a sting operation. Kushwaha was the urban development
minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet.
Kushwaha) resignation has been sent to the governor's house,” JD (U) chief
Sharad Yadav said. “Party believes that the sting operation is true,” he said.
promptness with which the party acted on the allegations, Sharad Yadav said, “Whether
it was the Vyapam Scam, Lalitgate or Sushma Swaraj’s matter, that party did not
take any action.”
The stage is set for
voting in 49 seats of Bihar assembly elections in the first phase of the
five-phase poll on Monday.
A total of 1,35,72,339
electorates are eligible to decide the fate of 583 candidates for the 49 seats
in 10 districts in the first phase of elections. Voting will start from 7am.
While in majority of
seats polling would end at 5pm, in some constituencies time has been cut short
to 4pm and 3pm on the basis of law and order situation feedback in the
Naxal-hit areas. (With inputs from agencies)