Five out of seven MLAs of Janata Dal (United), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joined the ruling BJP on Friday, a State Assembly statement said, weeks after he broke an alliance with the party for the second time in nine years .
The statement, signed by Manipur Assembly Secretary K. Meghajit Singh, said the speaker was pleased to accept the merger of five JDU MLAs with the BJP. Because the number of MLAs that switched sides was greater than two-thirds of the total, their switch is considered valid.
This is the second time the BJP has targeted Nitish Kumar MPs in the North East. In 2020, six out of seven JDU MPs had joined the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh and last week the sole MLA also merged with the BJP.
In the general election in March this year, the JDU won six of the 38 constituencies it contested. The MLAs who joined the BJP are Kh Joykishan, N Sanate, Md Achab Uddin, former DGP LM Khaute and Thangjam Arunkumar.
Mr Khaute and Mr Arunkumar had previously tried to contest the general election for the BJP but joined the JDU after being rejected by the party.
The MLAs’ move comes weeks after Nitish Kumar dropped the BJP and joined forces with Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and other parties to oust the BJP from the co-pilot seat in Bihar.