Bihar crisis deepens as 3 RJD MLAs resign; BJP to meet Governor today

JD(U) to elect new leader today; Nitish Kumar may not accept re-election offer.

By: Express News Service Written by Santosh Singh | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2014 7:38:17 pm

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation, led by Bihar state president Mangal Pandey will meet Bihar Governor D Y Patil on Sunday evening to discuss political situation arising out of Nitish Kumar’s resignation from the post of Bihar chief minister.

Though JD(U) is likely to stake claim to form next government after its legislature party meeting this evening, BJP sees outside chance to form government if JD(U) fails to do so. Rajbhavan has asked JD (U) to give a complete list of 122 MLAs.

The Assembly Speaker has already declared RJD split null and void and said 13 MLAs had been RJD MLAs. Three RJD MLAs, who had led unsuccessful defection, resigned brining number of RJD MLAs to 19.

Meanwhile, Former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may not accept re-election offer as leader of JD(U) legislature party. Meanwhile, the names of Bijendra Yadav, Narendar Narayan Yadav, Bijay Choudharay and Bashistha Narayan Singh are doing the round for the post. The party is caught between upper caste and OBC leader choice. JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, who held talks with Congress leadership on Sunday, is expected to play an important role in the seletion of the new leader.

JD(U) sources said the party state president Bashistha Narayan Singh has submitted number of 117 MLAs to Governor but was asked to give a complete list along with support letters from other MLAs.

The party will be electing its “new leader” today following resignation by Nitish Kumar. “A new leader will be elected in today’s meeting which will start at 4 PM. Our entire party including Kumar will participate in it. The legislators will decide who will be the new leader,” Sharad Yadav said as he held talks with Congress leaders, which is understood to have assured him of support in new government formation in Bihar following resignation by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, JD(U) has 115 members and Congress with four members had been supporting the Nitish Kumar government.

Asked whether Kumar could be re-elected as the JD (U) legislature party leader, Yadav did not rule out the possibility and said the decision of the party will be supreme.

On Saturday, Kumar had resigned, taking “moral responsibility” for his party’s disastrous performance in Bihar. Within hours, both Nitish and JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav were learnt to have spoken with Lalu Prasad, who reportedly expressed his desire to support the next JD(U) government in Patna — signalling a stunning political realignment against the BJP.

(With PTI inputs)

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