Drama ahead of floor test in Bihar, Opposition shepherded to Tejashwi’s house

JD (U) has 45 MLAs in the assembly. Five of them — Sanjeev, Bima Bharti, Shalini Mishra, Sudarshan and Dilip Rai — gave the lunch a miss. But they assured senior party leaders on the phone that they would participate in the legislature party meeting at the house of state education minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Sunday.In the Opposition camp, arrangements for the recreation of all legislators have been made at Tejashwi’s house during their stay there. Artists with musical instruments were seen entering the residence late in the evening. RJD leaders have been deployed in strength to take care of the MLAs and MLCs. The personal staff of the legislators brought in suitcases full of clothes to make the stay of the MLAs comfortable.The decision to keep the lawmakers together was made after a meeting of the Opposition alliance’s legislature party in the presence of RJD chief Lalu Yadav. In all, 77 RJD, 12 CPI(M-L), 2 CPI and 2 CPM MLAs participated in the meeting.Didn’t start it, but will finish the game: RJDRJD MP Manoj Jha said legislators of the RJD and other constituents of the grand alliance expressed their willingness to stay together for the next 48 hours. “All legislators are staying together, entertaining themselves and discussing politics. We had not started the game, but we will finish it,” he remarked, referring to Nitish’s defection. BJP leader Nikhil Anand claimed that a few MLAs of the RJD were uncomfortable, so the party is making all its legislators hostage.

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