Bihar political turmoil: Nitish Kumar may resign as Bihar Chief Minister on Sunday (today) and may side with the BJP-led NDA once again, sources said. Nitish’s Mahagathbandhan allies RJD and Congress were in huddle as they await Bihar CM to clear his stand on the grand alliance and I.N.D.I.A bloc.
Several key meetings were held by RJD, BJP and Congress to further strategise amid the unfolding political situation in Bihar.
RJD has asked its leaders not to make any comment until situation becomes clear, while a similar stand was taken by BJP and Congress as Nitish Kumar continues suspense over his next move.
During the RJD meeting in Patna, Tejashwi Yadav told the party leaders that CM Nitish Kumar was and is respectable. Many things are not under his (Nitish Kumar) control. RJD’s allies in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ always respected the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister used to sit with me on the stage and ask, “What was there in Bihar before 2005?” I never reacted… Now, more people are with us. The work that was not done in two decades, we have done in a short time, be it jobs, caste census, increasing reservation, etc. ‘Bihar mein abhi khel hona baki hain’, sources said.
“Whatever will be the situation, we have to work for the public, go to people and make them aware about work done by our government like providing jobs, creating employment,” Tejashwi Yadav told party leaders.
Sources said Nitish Kumar was “likely to address a meeting of JD(U) legislators around 10 a.m. Sunday before going to Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation” and formation of a new government, with the BJP’s support, was “expected by the evening”.
“Offices, including the Governor’s secretariat, have been ordered to remain open on Sunday in view of the likelihood of hectic activities”, said the source who claimed that Kumar, who has maintained a deafening silence over the political turmoil in the state, had “confided in trusted aides about his next move “a couple of days ago”.
As Kumar’s return to the BJP-led NDA, which he had vowed to defeat, looked imminent, a rattled RJD held a meeting of its leaders to take stock of the situation and chalk out a future course of action.