The three MPs from Mukesh Sahani’s Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) met Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Sinha on Wednesday and informed him that they had officially joined the BJP.
The development took place after the Vidhan Sabha proceedings ended for the day at around 6 p.m.
The three MPs – Mishri Lal Yadav, Raju Singh and Swarn Singh – made their way to the President’s chamber, along with the two Deputy Chief Ministers Tar Kishore Prasad and Renu Devi, but waited outside until the arrival of BJP leader Sanjay Jaiswal.
Then they went inside and shared their membership letters, while announcing that they had no official relationship with the VIP.
The three lawmakers said the VIP only had three MPs in the house and they all joined the BJP, therefore the anti-defection law did not apply to them. By law, if two-thirds of a party’s lawmakers join another party, they cannot be penalized under it.
Raju Singh accused Sahani of having “no political knowledge”.
“He works like a businessman in politics. He has no political sense. We made the decision in the interest of the state and the country,” he said.
Yadav also expressed similar views.
Jaiswal said, “The three VIP MPs delivered the BJP membership letter to the President on Wednesday. They were basically BJP workers in the past. of Bihar in 2020 they joined the VIP to contest the election.Now its a Ghar Wapsi for them today.
He and Prasad and Renu Devi presented them with saffron BJP turbans to officially welcome them to the party.
With that, VIP has no deputy in the Assembly. Therefore, Nitish Kumar’s government is likely to sack Sahani, who is the Minister of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, at any time. He is currently an MLC and his term ends in the next two months.
Sahani has been on the BJP’s radar ever since he opposed him in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Top BJP sources claimed that he openly called on voters to defeat the BJP while he was an alliance partner in Bihar.
The sour relationship between Sahani and the BJP was also indicated after the former’s ruling in the upcoming MLC elections. The BJP is vying for 12 out of 24 seats and Sahani gave his party tickets to candidates in all of those 12 seats.
Sahani seemed aware that the BJP would shoot for him after the Uttar Pradesh elections. Therefore, he had met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and JD-U Parliamentary Council Chairman Upendra Kushwaha for a patch-up with the BJP, but he has already indicated that he will not talk about Sahani.