Former union minister Nagmani, who had recently resigned from RLSP, along with his wife Suchitra Sinha, also a former Bihar Minister, joined JD(U) in presence of state party president Vashistha Narain Singh.
Nagmani had recently resigned from RLSP following his differences with party chief Upendra Kushwaha.
There is no mainstream party in Bihar which at one point or the other has not played host to the Bihar’s ‘legendary’ party hopper.
Nagmani’s political journey looks like this:
SSD – Congress – JD – RJD – BJP – LJP – JDU – RJD – Congress – NCP – BJP – RLSP – JDU.
Nagmani, who was baptized into politics in the Soshit Samaj Dal floated by his father and former deputy CM late Jagdeo Prasad, took the first plunge in political jumping by joining the Congress.
While in the RJD, Nagmani, the then Chatra MP, engineered defection in the RJD parliamentary party and joined the BJP. The saffron party rewarded him with a ministerial berth in the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
With NDA out of power at the Centre, Nagmani made a halt in the LJP before joining the JD(U). Nagmani’s wife Suchitra Sinha was given party ticket to contest Arwal’s Kurtha seat and subsequently made a minister in the Nitish Kumar-led government. Nagmani too became an MLC.
On the eve of 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Nagmani made yet another U-turn and contested the Chatra (Jharkhand) seat on RJD ticket but lost to Inder Singh Namdhari. Then he joined Congress to “strengthen Sonia Gandhi’s hand”, as he claimed.
He joined Sharad Pawar led NCP later only to quit it too in order to join BJP for his new found love for Narendra Modi.
With his twelfth political somersault, this time to join JD(U) Nagmani said, he and his wife were “impressed with performance of” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was “committed to deprived, backwards and weaker sections of the society”.
“To keep track of Nagmani’s fast travel across the political fields, you need a computer,” a political activist Ali Hussain had famously said about the socialist politician.