Nitish Kumar Resigns As Bihar Chief Minister
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 Ministera��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 Ministera��s resignation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: a�?I congratulate Nitish Kumar for joining the fight against corruption.a�?
The Bihar Chief Ministera��s resignation makes it clear that he does not want to gamble with the prospect of saving his government with BJPa��s support.
भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ लड़ाई में जुड़ने के लिए नीतीश कुमार जी को बहुत-बहुत बधाई।
सवा सौ करोड़ नागरिक ईमानदारी का स्वागत और समर्थन कर रहे हैं
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2017