The opposition party is apparently aiming to drive a wedge between the BJP and the LJP in a bid to distance the Dalit community from the ruling NDA.
This comes a day after an aide of Janata Dal-United legislator Amarendra Pandey died on Saturday in Gopalganj after unidentified miscreants opened fire at him and two others.
If NDA sources are to be believed, the LJP will lose the only Rajya Sabha seat which has fallen vacant post Ram Vilas Paswan’s death.
The jail IG said he ordered an inquiry after himself hearing the purported audio clip of the conversation between Prasad and the NDA MLA in Bihar.
Sinha, who was the candidate of the ruling NDA, got 126 votes as against 114 polled in favour of RJDs Awadh Bihari Chaudhary who was fielded by the opposition Grand Alliance.
The NDA has declared BJP MLA Bijay Sinha's name as the candidate while Mahagathbandhan has declared RJD MLA Awadh Bihari Chaudhary as its candidate for the Speaker post.
In order to combat COVID-19 spread, physical distancing would be maintained in the sitting arrangements of legislators and wearing masks has been made compulsory for those attending the session.
In recently-held Bihar polls, the BJP-JD(U) combine managed to retain power by defeating the RJD-led grand alliance in a tight contest.
The JD(U)'s demand came two days after party leader Mewa Lal Chaudhary resigned as the state's education minister over a corruption taint.
In the recent elections, 19 Muslim MLAs, including eight from RJD, five from AIMIM, four from Congress and one each from BSP and CPI-ML (Liberation), were elected.
An editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' also wondered how long Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will hold ground under the "burden of favour" and if he will take a new route.
Mewa Lal Chaudhary figures among over 45 others as accused in a case of irregularities involving appointment of assistant professors when he was the V-C of the Bihar Agricultural University.
Once a close aide of Kumar, Kishor was made the JD(U) vice president by the party chief, but his independent and often adversarial views soured their relations
Within the BJP, the LJP’s source of strength is seen in its past to share power at the Centre in the absence of which it could face fragmentation.
Every public meeting is now available online along with professionally-made short clips designed to catch people's attention.