23 July 2011
RJD leader deserts party
Manoj Chaurasia / PATNA:
In a major setback to the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Dr Shakeel Ahmad Khan, who was one of the prominent Muslim faces of the party, today resigned from the party citing lack of internal discipline and the party’s failure to make its stand clear on issues of common concern. Dr Khan, who held many key portfolios in the RJD government like law and energy, had been with the party for the past two decades.
However, the RJD said Dr Khan had been expelled from the party for cosying up to the ruling NDA in Bihar. The RJD accused him of being a rank opportunist who could not live without power.
“There is no internal discipline in the party and the party is yet to clear its stand on issues of public concern like price rise”, Dr Khan told a Press conference here. He, however, did not say which party he was joining. Dr Khan, initially a CPI cadre, had joined the RJD soon after it came to power in 1990 and was made a minister.