In an embarrassment for the ruling JD(U) in Bihar, its MLA Shyam Bahadur Singh was caught on camera dancing with alleged bar dancers and making animated gestures at his official home triggering demands by the opposition on Sunday to sack him from the party.
Mr. Singh apologised on Sunday for his action last night admitting it was a “mistake”.
The bar dancers were called at Mr. Singh’s home in Patna and the dance was meant to entertain the crowd and to apparently woo Dalit voters.
“I am extremely sorry for what I did and also for organising a dance programme last night for the people of my constituency who had come to Patna to participate in the Mahadalit rally of JD(U) today,” he said.
Mr. Singh said he will accept whatever decision is taken by JD(U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after his action led to an outcry in the State.
Mr. Singh, who represents Jiradei, was shown on local TV channels gyrating with alleged bar girls and making gestures on Saturday.
Taking exception to Mr. Singh’s action, RJD strongman Lalu Yadav demanded that the JD(U) expel Mr. Singh.
“His(Singh) action has not only spoilt the image of Bihar but also of politicians,” he said.
RJD State national general secretary Ram Kripal Yadav also echoed Lalu’s sentiments.
“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must have seen what is happening in his regime of good governance with social justice,” he said, adding that the matter would be raised by RJD MLAs during the assembly session commencing tomorrow.