The rebel faction also claimed that their phone calls are being tapped by pro-Nitish Kumar unit and also said that the ministers are asking them to fall in line for the by-polls to three Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar, scheduled to be held later this month.

Expelled JD(U) leader Sabir Ali, who is contesting the by-polls, had filed a complaint at Secretariat police station against three ministers - Shravan Kumar, Ranju Gita and Lesi Singh - and other leaders.

On Tuesday, apart from Ali, rebel MLAs Gyanendra Singh Gyanu, Poonam Devi, Ravindra Rai and advocate Shashi Bhushan Kumar told reporters that some ministers were intimidating them to fall in line for the by-elections to three Rajya Sabha seats.

They alleged that a senior minister is addressing them by calling ‘dog’.

"We will not rest till sycophants and turncoats, many of whom have become ministers, are shown the door," they said.

Meanwhile, Shashi Bhushan Kumar said that the Cabinet had on Tuesday approved a proposal to increase salary by Rs 5,000 per month and perks including constituency allowance and loan for purchase of car of legislators. This, he said, is clearly a violation of Model Code of Conduct.

The Election Commission of India had on July 10, 2012 issued a notification saying that if a member of one party casts his vote in favour of other party’s candidate, his/her membership will not be annulled.

Ali said that ever since he filed his nomination papers, he is receiving threat calls asking him to vote in favour of JD(U) candidates.

“I have informed the Chief Election Commissioner about all happenings,” he said.

Three Rajya Sabha seats in Bihar fell vacant after Ram Vilas Paswan, Ram Kripal Yadav and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who were all members of the Upper House of Parliament, resigned after emerging triumphant in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Janata Dal (United) on Monday fielded its national president Sharad Yadav, party national general secretary Ghulam Rasool Baliyawi and former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s cultural advisor Pawan Kumar Verma for the Rajya Sabha by-elections.


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