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Rabri Devi not to be appointed Opposition leader in Bihar

PTI
Published : Aug 5, 2017, 6:46 am IST
Updated : Aug 5, 2017, 6:47 am IST

Sushil Kumar Modi was the Leader of Opposition in the 75-member Upper House during Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance ministry.

RJD President Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi (Photo: PTI)
 RJD President Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi (Photo: PTI)

Patna: Bihar Legislative Council has rejected the request of the RJD to appoint Rabri Devi as the Leader of Opposition in the Upper House, stating that the party did not have the required number of MLCs needed for the post.

“A strength of 9 MLCs is required for the post of leader of opposition in the upper house but RJD at present has only 7 MLCs. Hence their application was not in conformity with the rules,” deputy chairman of Bihar State Legislative Council Harun Rashid said.

“A letter citing existing rules has been sent to RJD Bihar president Ramchandra Purbe who had sent a request for appointing Rabri Devi as Leader of Opposition in the state’s Upper House,” Mr Rashid said.

Sushil Kumar Modi was the Leader of Opposition in the 75-member Upper House during Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance ministry.

Rabri Devi was chosen as member of Legislative council for the second time in 2012 and her tenure will end in 2018.

CM Nitish Kumar is also a member of the Legisl-ative Council at present.

Mr Purbe told PTI that the council authority could have used “discretionary” power to appoint Rabri Devi as opposition leader despite the party falling short of requisite numbers.

Criticising the RJD, JD(U) spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar said, “For the RJD, all the qualification for a constitutional post lies only to a member of Lalu Prasad family.”

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