Nitish Kumar, the new JD(U) Legislative Party leader, who will formally stake claim to form the government in Bihar on Monday, said on Sunday that any attempt by the BJP to ‘throttle democracy’ would only harm it.
“The day the BJP tries to throttle democracy it would drop the axe on its own feet,” Kumar said on social media account. Expressing himself strongly against early dissolution of Bihar Assembly, Kumar expressed his apprehension about such an eventuality citing statements by the BJP leaders.
Election should not be held frequently and government should work and election should be held on time, he said.
“Majority is with us,” Kumar, for whom letters of support were submitted to Raj Bhawan during the day by JD(U), RJD, Congress, CPI and an independent totalling 130 MLAs.
Flaying Manjhi cabinet’s decision on dissolution of Assembly, he said “I have experience of being part of the cabinet at the national level and have presided over cabinet meetings in Bihar. Any proposal is not approved forcefully. If there is any protest the cabinet note is withdrawn.”
In a divided decision taken at the cabinet meeting on Saturday beleagured Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was asked to take “appropriate decision” on dissolution of the Assembly.