4 of the 5 All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLAs in Bihar on Wednesday joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), making the principal opposition the one largest celebration within the 243-member meeting.

Chief of opposition Tejashwi Yadav, who can also be the de facto chief of the RJD, drove the 4 legislators to the state meeting and met speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha over the their determination to interrupt away from Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s celebration and merge with the RJD, celebration functionaries mentioned.

The 4 MLAs who switched to the RJD are Syed Rukuuddin Ahmed from Baisi, Shahnawaj from Jokihat, Mohammed Anjar Nayami from Bahadurganj and Mohammed IzaharAshwi from Kochadhaman meeting constituencies.

“The 4 MLAs have merged with our celebration. We at the moment are the most important celebration within the state meeting,” Yadav mentioned later at a press convention, the place he was flanked by the 4 legislators.

With this newest growth, the RJD now has 80 members within the meeting, edging previous the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP), which has 77.

The power of the pre-poll opposition alliance, comprising RJD, Congress and Left events, has additionally elevated to 115 within the Home, seven wanting easy majority of 122.

The ruling Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA), comprising chief minister Nitish Kumar’s celebration Janata Dal (United), BJP and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s celebration Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), has 126 members, in addition to having fun with the assist of an Unbiased member.

The 4 MLAs, who switched sides, won’t face any motion beneath the anti-defection legislation, which kicks in provided that the defectors represent lower than two-thirds of the full power of their celebration.

On their half, the 4 legislators mentioned the choice to modify was taken within the curiosity of growth of Seemanchal, the impoverished northeastern area of Bihar bordering West Bengal and comprising Araria, Purnia, Kishanganj and Katihar districts which have a sizeable Muslim inhabitants.

“We have now taken the choice within the curiosity of growth of Seemanchal,” Shahnawaj mentioned.

The AIMIM, which had made a splash by profitable 5 seats within the 2020 meeting elections, is now left with just one MLA, its state president Akhtarul Iman, who represents Amour.

Iman accused RJD of betrayal. “The RJD claims to guard the pursuits of minorities and weaker sections. However right now, the celebration has not solely betrayed the religion and perception of minorities, but in addition proved that it doesn’t need a sturdy celebration to emerge within the state which talks about preventing for Muslims and Scheduled Castes,” he mentioned.

The RJD had carried out poorly in Seemanchal space within the 2020 elections.

Constituents of the ruling Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar additionally attacked the RJD. “The 4 MLAs have joined a family-oriented celebration which is understood for practising appeasement politics,” state BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand mentioned.

HAM(S) spokesperson Danish Rizwan mentioned: “On one hand, the RJD condemns the break up in Shiv Sena (in Maharashtra) whereas then again, it’s making a break up in AIMIM. It exhibits its double requirements,” he mentioned.

JD(U) state spokesperson Arvind Nishad mentioned his celebration had nothing to do with the merger of AIMIM MLAs with RJD. “ MLAs have a proper to take selections. That is an inside matter of AIMIM and RJD,” he mentioned.


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