Bihar's ruling JD(U) MLA resigns after protesting against land mafia; Opposition slams Nitish Kumar-led government

The MLA’s candid statements brought the Nitish Kumar-led state government’s claims about good governance and the rule of law under a cloud.

Published: 24th December 2018 08:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th December 2018 08:44 PM   |  A+A-

Nitish Kumar

Bihar CM and JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar (File | PTI)

Express News Service

PATNA: Bihar’s ruling JD(U) faced an embarrassing situation on Monday as one of its MLAs said he had resigned because the administration had been harassing the people of his constituency for protesting against the mafia encroaching on the land of a moribund sugar mill.

Shyam Bahadur Singh, MLA from Barharia constituency in the western Siwan district, wiped away tears as he spoke of his “struggles to get justice” for his supporters booked by police  for their protest against the land mafia’s action.

The MLA’s candid statements brought the Nitish Kumar-led state government’s claims about good governance and the rule of law under a cloud. Singh, however, said he was not going to join any other party and that he had “full faith in the CM’s leadership”.

“The administration (in Siwan district) is keeping quiet even as land belonging to a moribund sugar mill is being encroached upon by the mafia. When the people protested, the cops registered cases against 200 of them. They are being harassed,” said the MLA. “All my efforts to intervene on the people’s behalf have failed. I cannot show my face to the people of my constituency when this is the situation despite my party being in power,” he added.

JD(U) state president Vashistha Narayan Singh sought to downplay the MLA’s resignation, which would further weaken the thin majority the state’s NDA government currently has. “There is no question of the MLA’s resignation being accepted. He has been a dedicated soldier of the party, and his concerns would be addressed,” he said.

The Opposition RJD and Congress attacked the Nitish Kumar-led government over the JD(U) legislator’s allegations. “If an MLA of Bihar’s main ruling party faces such a sorry state of affairs because of the land mafia’s excesses, the general public can hardly hope for anything good from this government,” said RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav.

“Nitish Kumar, who holds the home department, has utterly failed to maintain the rule of law in Bihar. He has no time for this department. It is time Bihar got a dedicated home minister,” said senior Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra.

JD(U) sources said the aggrieved MLA has sent his resignation to the party’s state president and Governor Lalji Tandon. “The MLA has no intention to quit. For an MLA’s resignation to take effect, it has to be sent to the Assembly Speaker,” said a JD(U) leader.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp