NEW DELHI: Taking a dig at JD-U leader Nitish Kumar for suspension seven party's ministers in Bihar, BJP today said the action was taken after efforts failed to "buy them" ahead of the trust vote chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi faces in the Assembly on February 20.
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said JD-U will go into history as the first party in the country to sack its own chief minister, its ministers and its MLAs. It has so far expelled or suspended 16 legislators, including ministers and the chief minister, he said.
"The question is why were they not ousted along with the chief minister? Action was taken against them now as efforts made to buy them failed. Nitish Kumar was horse-trading with them and when it did not work, he suspended them. Nitish Kumar is frustrated and dejected," he said, claiming that some more JD-U MLAs are in the process of being shown the door.
"A day will come when Nitish Kumar will be left alone in JD-U. There is no democracy in JD-U and even legislators are thrown out of the party,"
Hussain said the way Nitish Kumar has "humiliated and ousted" a maha-dalit, the first ever from the maha-dalit community to occupy the chair of chief minister in Bihar, the people of the state will not forgive him.
"There is angst among the poor and maha-dalits who are protesting on the streets of Bihar against Kumar's decision to oust Manjhi," he claimed.