Bima Bharti’s husband, Awadesh Mandal, was a rival of Leshi Singh’s late husband Butan Singh; both were well known for their use of muscle power.
As a result of allegations regarding extortion, murder, and anti-party activities committed by food minister Leshi Singh, Janata Dal-United (JDU) legislator Bima Bharti threatened to resign from the assembly and her party if Nitish Kumar does not dump her from his cabinet.
Lesi Singh has been made a minister, and I am very shocked by this,” said Bharti. “I’m not angry that I was denied a ministership, but I am shocked that she was.” According to her, Leshi Singh caused her daughter to lose the district board elections.
Leshi Singh represents the adjoining Dhamdaha assembly segment. Bima Bharti represents the Rupauli assembly segment.
A former zilla parishad member in Purnia, Vishwajeet Singh, alias Rintu Singh, 33, killed last November is alleged to have been murdered by Leshi Singh. Leshi Singh has denied the accusation.
When Nitish Kumar was asked about Bima Bharti’s outburst, he reprimanded her for raising doubts over the induction of Leshi Singh, who has been a minister for years, and said the Bima Bharti will be “properly briefed by the party”.
Despite all this, Kumar pointed out there shouldn’t be a problem with Leshi Singh, underlining that this wasn’t the first time he was in the cabinet.
Further, Kumar pointed out that Bima Bharti, who was sore at being left out, had been appointed as a minister before. ” Even so, she was twice appointed despite not knowing how to read or speak.
A party-level investigation will be conducted. ‘She shall be free to chart her own course if she sees reason, otherwise she shall be free to see reason,” Kumar curtly said. There appears to have been a provoked reaction. It is not appropriate to speak such things”.