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JD (U) minister quits over ‘bribe video’ a day before voting in Bihar
11-10-2015

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.

“His (Awadhesh 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.

Highlighting the 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)