Minister Shyam Rajak in Nitish cabinet denies reports of leaving party ahead of polls

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There’s a strong buzz in Patna that the industry minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet may resign ahead of the upcoming state polls, however the minister maintains that he is with the party.

Shyam Rajak, a sitting MLA from the reserved Phulwari assembly constituency in Patna district, is likely to join the RJD, say reports.

Rajak, in his mid sixties, is likely to resign from the post of industry minister and also as a MLA on Monday before he formally switches sides, said people familiar with the development.

When contacted by HT, Rajak said he was very much in the JD(U) and denied the reports that he was joining any other party. “I am still in JD(U). But, yes, I will never compromise on my dignity and respect,” he said, indicating a possible political manoeuvre for the polls scheduled in October-November,.

Rajak has been unhappy with the JD(U) leadership, say the people quoted above, for not being given much prominence as a minister. Him representing a constituency having a sizeable Muslim population is said to be another reason for which he wants to leave the JD(U)-BJP combine, said people in the know of development.

Incidentally, Rajak had switched to the JD(U) in 2009 after leaving the RJD and had won from the Phulwari seat as a JD(U) nominee in the 2010 election. The possible

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