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Nitish Kumar to stake claim to form government in Bihar today, CM Jitan Ram Manjhi set to resign

Feb 08, 2015 07:54 AM IST India India

Patna: Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar will stake claim on Sunday to form the government in Bihar after 97 MLAs of his party unanimously elected him as the Legislative Party members are going against their own Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi who has been putting up a tough resistance.

Without much support from his own party, the options before Manjhi are limited and he is likely to resign soon.

After getting elected, Nitish Kumar said, "People have lost faith in the government. We will go out to the people and reaffirm their faith."

Manjhi might be down, but he is not out as he has already recommended the sacking of two ministers who are Nitish loyalists.

Hours before the JDU legislative party meet, Manjhi rushed to Nitish's house for damage control and when it didn't yield any results, he proposed dissolving the Assembly. But he later withheld sending the proposal to Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathy.

The moment the JDU legislative dethroned him, Manjhi also sought to remove 15 Nitish loyalist ministers even before they could give their resignation to the Governor.

Bihar Rural Works and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sharwan Kumar said,"Manjhi can't expel anyone anymore. Anyone who works against the party will be dealt with seriously."

The options before Manjhi are limited. He can go for a cabinet expansion inducting 30 new ministers or he can send the proposal for dissolution of the Assembly. But any floor test would be a challenge because Manjhi doesn't have the requisite support within his own party.

The political situation in the state is very unstable and even though Nitish has been chosen to stake claim to form the government, the final decision is to be taken by the Governor and Manjhi.

The Bihar Assembly strength is 243.