"The aim of these dinners and lunches is to foster unity among the legislators before Manjhi takes the majority test on the floor of the Assembly," a senior JD(U) leader said.
The dinner diplomacy was kick-started yesterday evening with a feast thrown by JD U) MLC Vinod Singh at the house of former minister Gautam Singh. Both are considered close to former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has been re-elected JD(U) Legislature Party leader and has staked claims to the Chief Minister's post.

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Apart from Kumar and other JD(U) legislators, senior leaders from allied parties - RJD, Congress and CPI – were seen attending the dinner, signalling the existing bonhomie among them and their support for Kumar.
The series of feasts continued today with parties thrown by RJD Legislature Party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui in the afternoon and senior JD(U) leader and former minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary in the evening.

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Chaudhary was chosen the leader of JD(U) Legislature Party in the Assembly recently.

The all-party meet, convened by Bihar Legislative Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary on Wednesday to discuss seating arrangement during the February 20 confidence vote on Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, authorised him to take relevant decision on the issue, amid walkout by BJP.

Senior JD(U) leader and former Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said: "The Speaker has full authority to decide about seating arrangement in the Assembly and he should exercise it. We will go by whsatever he orders."

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"BJP was present at the meeting. Its senior leader Nand Kishore Yadav's stand was surprising. He spoke whatever he had in his mind and then left saying he was boycotting it. We didn't even understand his purpose," the minister said.

Meanwhile, Yadav, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said the BJP has boycotted the all-party meet as the "Assembly office is working more like a JD(U) office".

"The Speaker is hell bent on ordering that JD(U) sits in the treasury, as well as, opposition benches both. How can this happen? It will be an unprecedented incident. The Assembly office is working more like a JD(U) office and Constitutional processes have been discarded," Yadav said.

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The BJP leader added that his party has already moved court fearing that such a situation may arise and has "requested the Speaker to wait for the judiciary's decision on the matter".
Yadav also pointed out the chief whip of JD(U) Rajeev Ranjan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brishin Patel were not invited to the all-party meet.

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