It may be noted that in July this year, six Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant from Bihar. Out of six seats, two of them are with the JDU. Out of the remaining four, two are with the BJP and one with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday termed the reports of eyeing a stint in Rajya Sabha ‘baseless’. The CM minister categorically denied any such rumour saying that these are ‘mere speculation’. “Anything is getting published. I was also surprised to see such reports. These are baseless and mere speculations,” said Nitish Kumar, while talking to media after casting his vote for the legislative council poll.
He said that he is hardly bothered about such reports being published in the media. His statement is also being considered a reply to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from the state who were recently heard saying that one of their party leaders from the state will become the chief minister of Bihar as Kumar will quit to go to Rajya Sabha.
Senior Janata Dal-United (JDU) leaders, who are considered close to the Bihar CM, have also dismissed any such report claiming that he is not going anywhere. The leaders have already clarified that the chief minister, who is serving his fourth term in office, will complete his five-year-tenure.
As per the media reports, Nitish Kumar’s March 30 comment at an informal chat with media persons that his wish to go to Rajya Sabha was not yet fulfilled. It created ripples in the Bihar political scenario and reports had started doing rounds that he would become the vice-president.
It may be noted that in July this year, six Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant from Bihar. Out of six seats, two of them are with the JDU. Out of the remaining four, two are with the BJP and one with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). One seat belongs to RJD’s Sharad Yadav. He was disqualified under the Anti-Defection Act but the matter is pending in court.
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