Cracks show in JD(U) too, ministers quit

As the UPA disintegrated in Bihar, an amused Janata Dal (United) too suffered a major blow on Sunday with state Agriculture Minister Nagmani and Disaster Management Minister Nitish Mishra resigning, and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijay Singh vowing to contest as an Independent from his Banka seat.

The party list also confirmed that George Fernandes wouldn't get ticket from Muzaffarpur on "health grounds".

Nagmani, who wanted a ticket for himself or wife Suchitra Sinha from Ujiyarpur, said: "I am leaving the ministry because the party has not valued my worth. People of Ujiyarpur are upset." The party has chosen Ashwamegh Devi on the ground that the changed profile of the constituency did not suit Nagmani, a kushwaha leader.

Nitish Mishra, son of former CM Jagannath Mishra, has also put in his papers after he was denied ticket from Jhanjharpur, where Manganilal Mandal will contest as the JD(U) candidate. "My position was only symbolic as the minister. A certain caste (Brahmin) was not given its due," said Mishra, who might join the Congress or RJD to contest as an Independent from Jhanjharpur.

Former Union minister Digvijay Singh said in Delhi that he would contest from Banka as an Independent. He said being a Rajya Sabha member could not be a ground for refusal of ticket.

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