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JD(U) MLA lodges FIR against party colleague over horse trading

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An FIR has been filed by an MLA of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) against a party colleague, alleging that he was offered a bribe of Rs 10 crore and a ministerial berth for moving to ‘Mahagathbandhan’ led by the RJD. of trust vote. The case was filed at the Kotwali police station here by Sudhanshu Shekhar, who represents the Harlakhi seat of Madhubani district, said Krishna Murari Prasad, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Law and Order), Patna.

“The MLA registered his complaint on February 11. We have registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC and launched an investigation,” Prasad said.

The new Kumar-led NDA government won the trust vote on Monday. Three MLAs of the RJD, the largest constituent of the Mahagathbandhan, defected to the ruling coalition ahead of the confidence vote.

However, the deputy SP said the JD(U) MLA had accused a party colleague of offering him a princely sum, or settling for a cabinet post in the new government, for helping the opposition group restore the tables in the BJP-led coalition.

“The complainant has also accused another JD(U) MLA of trying to kidnap two other party legislators with the intention of preventing them from participating in the trust vote. All aspects of the case are being looked into,” Prasad added.

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