Reeling from the loss of five of its MLAs in Manipur, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) has lashed out at the BJP and vowed to decimate it in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
A sudden political reversal in Manipur has become the latest flashpoint between former allies BJP and JD(U). The loss of 5 MLAs in Manipur and disparaging jabs from the saffron party foreshadowing the JD(U)’s collapse has prodded the Nitish Kumar-led party to go on the offensive and vow to uproot the BJP in the 2024 elections.
The JD(U) suffered a massive setback on Friday when five of its six MLAs joined hands with the ruling BJP in Manipur on Friday.
The setback came just a day ahead of the crucial national executive meeting in Patna on Saturday. All the legislators were supposed to reach Patna to participate in the national executive meeting of JDU but switched sides prior to that.
Janata Dal-United legislators who have joined BJP are namely- Khumukcham Singh, Ngursanglur Sanate, Achab Uddin, Thangjam Arun Kumar and LM Khaute.
The Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker has accepted the merger of Janata Dal-United legislators with the BJP.
This is the second blow for Nitish Kumar’s party in the last nine days. On August 25, the lone JDU MLA, Teki Kaso in Arunachal Pradesh, joined the BJP in the presence of party national president JP Nadda.