RJD-JDU lock horns as Rabri Devi stakes claim for Council Speaker post

Former chief minister and RJD MLC Rabri Devi on Thursday demanded that the Speaker post, which had fallen vacant after sitting Speaker and BJP MLC Awdhesh Narayan Singh's term ended, should go to the RJD.

Even as the war of words between the RJD and JDU continues over the Uttar Pradesh poll verdict with senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for silently supporting BJP, both parties have now locked horn in another fight over the Legislative Council Speaker post.

Former chief minister and RJD MLC Rabri Devi on Thursday demanded that the Speaker post, which had fallen vacant after sitting Speaker and BJP MLC Awdhesh Narayan Singh's term ended, should go to the RJD. Rabri said that since the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Vijay Kumar Chowdhary was from JDU, the next Speaker of the Council must be from the RJD.

"This time the Council Speaker should be from the RJD quota. Awdhesh Narayan Singh as Speaker is unacceptable to us," said Rabri Devi.

On the other side, BJP too has staked claim on the Council Speaker's post. BJP's leader of opposition Prem Kumar has asserted that since Awdhesh Narayan Singh was till date holding the post, he should once again be chosen for the post.

"The Legislative Council should once again choose Awdhesh Narayan Singh as the Council Speaker," said Prem Kumar, BJP's leader of Opposition.

It may be noted that Awdhesh Narayan Singh was on Wednesday elected as MLC from Gaya Graduate constituency on a BJP ticket. However, the cause of concern remains that Singh is extremely close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and this has prompted Rabri Devi to veto Singh for the Speaker post. Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav though had maintained that top leaders of the grand alliance would take a decision in this regard.