Nitish Kumar Resigns As Bihar Chief Minister

The action of Janata Dal (United) leader, known as an able and principled leader, has thrown Bihar into chaos. From now on, political developments will be fast in this troubled State. Will RJD try to form a consensus government?

Patna: In what could be termed a move right from the Arthashastra, the ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has submitted his resignation on Wednesday evening.

Significantly, the unexpected move of Nitish Kumar follows a meeting of the Rashtriya Janata Dal Legislature Party on Wednesday morning, which reiterated that Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav will not resign following a CBI case registered against him earlier this month.

The sudden resignation of Bihar Chief Minister came as a shock to the main Opposition BJP. The party was offering to provide support to Nitish Kumar Government from outside, provided he sacked Tejashwi Yadav from his Cabinet. Even JD (U) legislators too had demanded that Tejashwi, son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav resign, as the Nitish Kumar Government could in no way compromise with corruption.

Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has accepted the Chief Minister’s resignation. He asked Nitish Kumar to continue as the interim Chief Minister till alternate arrangements are made.

The Central Government is keeping a close watch on the situation.

The current party position in the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly is RFD (80), JD (U) 71, Congress (27) and BJP (53).

Reacting on the Chief Minister’s resignation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “I congratulate Nitish Kumar for joining the fight against corruption.”

The Bihar Chief Minister’s resignation makes it clear that he does not want to gamble with the prospect of saving his government with BJP’s support.

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