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 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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    Brij/usa
    May 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    Nitish,Sharad Yadav& Lalu should open their office/shop at G.B.Road Delhi.It will be easy for Rahul,sonia,Mulayam &Maya to visit them.
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    kris kumar
    May 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    What a drama. Nitish resigning and then reconsidering his decision. Another joke of today as JDu shaking hands with the convict Lallu just to oppose BJP. Nitish false pride and ego have been completely shattered ever since Modi got the full mandate and he can not bear Modi success. His ambition to become PM has disappeared and his hatred towards Modi has gone up. He is headless chicken and is running around to seek partners on the false basis of secularism. Nitish should retire from politics and go into exile.
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