Fatmi quits RJD, questions Tejashwi leadership

Fatmi quits RJD, questions Tejashwi leadership


Patna: A Muslim face of RJD in North Bihar, Mohammad Ali Ashraf Fatmi on Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of RJD.

Leader of opposition in Bihar assembly, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, however, claimed he had already been expelled from the party for six years on charges of anti-party activities.

Fatmi, who was minister of state for human resources development in UPA government represented Darbhanga Lok Sabha constitutency earlier. His son is an MLA of RJD.

Fatmi wanted to contest from Darbhanga on RJD ticket, but party fielded the former finance minister, Abdul Bari Sidiqqui. Fatmi then opted for Madhubani, but this too was denied as under the seat sharing agreement in the Grand Alliance, Madhubani was allotted to Vikassheel Insaan Party .

Fatmi said at Darbhanga on Wednesday he would file his papers from Madhubani on Thursday. Negotiations are on between him and BSP leadership for the Madhubani seat.

Fatmi questioned the leadership of Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and said he lacked vision or wisdom. He said he did not take any action against his brother, Tejpratap Yadav, who too has revolted against the party and decided to field two of his favorites as independent candidates from Jahanabad and Sheohar constitutencies. Tejashwi is not fair, Fatmi said.

Madhubani will have two former union ministers as candidates who rebelled against their respective parties. While Fatmi revolted against RJD, another former union minister and former AICC general secretary, Shakil Ahmad, who was once president of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee, rebelled against the party and filed his papers from Madhubani on Tuesday.

Shakil comes from a traditionally Congress family in North Bihar as his grand father and father two were MLAs in Bihar.

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