Kathmandu, 16 June: Janata Samajwadi Party Chairman Mahanta Thakur has nominated 17 people close to him in the executive committee to get a majority in the executive committee. All the nominees are close to Thakur and Rajendra Mahato. Thakur has made 11 leaders close to him and six leaders close to Mahato members of the executive committee.
According to sources close to Thakur, Thakur has removed the members of the executive committee close to Yadav and replaced him with leaders close to him in the executive committee. He has maintained the arrangement of having two presidents. He has left the place of Upendra Yadav vacant.
He has put his name in the first chairman and his name in the second chairman. Among the executive members added by Thakur are Dr. Vijay Singh, Surendra Jha, Vimal Srivastava, Rajiv Jha, Umashankar Aragaraiya, Iqbal Mia, Parameshwar Sah, Satradeep Yadav, Suresh Mandal, and others. Argaraiya, Srivastava, and Iqbal, who have been added to the executive committee, are also ministers in the current government.
Only Thakur has signed the list of the executive committee added by the Thakur faction. A leader close to Thakur said that the signature of the first chairperson would get legitimacy. According to him, the executive has 51 members including two chairpersons. Thakur's nomination did not include former Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP) presidium members Sharat Singh Bhandari, Anil Jha, and Rajikishore Yadav. Shekhar Singh, a member of the National Assembly near Bhandari, has not been included in the executive committee. Similarly, Govinda Chaudhary, who is considered close to Thakur, has not been included in the executive.