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Nitish Kumar Most Likely to Join Hands with BJP, And Other Possible Scenarios

Nitish Kumar's resignation was followed immediately by a tweet from Prime Minister Narendr Modi, who said, "For joining the war against corruption I congratulate Nitish Kumar. A 125 crore strong India is welcoming and supporting this move."

Suhas Munshi | News18.com

Updated:July 26, 2017, 8:25 PM IST
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Nitish Kumar Most Likely to Join Hands with BJP, And Other Possible Scenarios
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New Delhi: With Nitish Kumar resigning as Bihar's Chief Minister, the state is now looking at three possible scenarios — first, and most likely, Kumar's JD (U) can align with the BJP and the two can together form a working coalition government. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tweet supporting his resignation, this appears most likely.

Second, he can demand dissolution of the Assembly in which case the state will be looking at fresh elections.

In the third scenario, in case a working coalition to form government cannot be forged, the governor can recommend President's rule in the state.

At the moment though the first scenario seems most likely for Bihar. There are enough visible hints of JD (U) and BJP warming up to each other. In his address to the press right outside governor's residence in Patna, Nitish said, "Whatever happens will be for the betterment and development of Bihar."

And Nitish's resignation was followed immediately by a tweet from Modi, who said, "For joining the war against corruption I congratulate Nitish Kumar. A 125 crore strong India is welcoming and supporting this move."

This tweet was followed by another tweet, “For the country, and particularly for Bihar, rising from petty party differences is what the present time and the nation demands.”

Interestingly, Nitish Kumar had, after announcing his resignation to Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, dropped three hints which further showed his tilt towards the BJP.

First point was that the Opposition can’t just play a reactive role in a democracy where criticism happens for the sake of it, second was his reminder that he supported demonetisation drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi because it was against corruption and black money, third was his statement that he supported President Ram Nath Kovind’s candidature because he is a good leader from a humble background.

Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap said now that Nitish Kumar’s resignation was accepted the first option before the governor is to ask different political parties to stake their claim to form the government.

“The governor had an option to not accept Nitish's resignation and ask him to continue till alternative arrangements are made. But now that he has accepted the resignation, the governor will now have to ask different political parties and combinations to stake their claim to form the government."

Kashyap added that it also remains to be seen whether Nitish has recommended dissolution of the House and fresh elections in the state.

"The governor has to, by default, try and not force elections on people. But if the House is dissolved then he will have no option but to prepare the state for fresh elections. But elections should be the last resort," Kashyap added.
| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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