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JDU MLAs elect Nitish as leader again, he seeks one more day to decide

May 18, 2014 07:20 PM IST Politics Politics
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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday told Janata Dal United MLAs that he needed one more day to rethink on his decision to resign from the chief ministerial post. Owning responsibility for the party's rout in the Lok Sabha polls, Nitish resigned on Saturday.

Ever since Nitish tendered his resignation, party MLAs were protesting against the decision and urged him to withdraw his decision to quit. The party will also held another JDU Legislative Party meeting on Monday and final decision will be taken then.

Even as the JDU is trying to stitch together a grand secular alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress, there is a dissent within the JDU as party's general secretary Anjani Kumar blamed Sharad Yadav for the defeat in the Lok Sabha and asked him to resign.

On Nitish's decision to rethink on his resignation, RJD leader Manoj Jha said, "The RJD is watching the developments very closely."

Meanwhile, Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi also met Governor Dr Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil and submitted a memorandum saying there is a political instability in Bihar as Nitish Kumar does not enjoy majority. He told the Governor that the Nitish government was unable to function. He also alleged that the horse-trading is going on. He said, "JDU MLAs and their supporters should be paraded in the Raj Bhawan to prove their majority in the House. Horse trading is going on and various offers are being made."

BJP leader and the newly-elected Arrah MP RK Singh demanded fresh elections in the state. RK Singh said, "The BJP wants dissolution of Assembly and fresh elections in the state."

The JDU won just two seats in Bihar. Nitish's government was also in minority and had been surviving on the support of Congress, Communist Party of India and Independent MLAs.

Nitish Kumar had been shocked by the scale of rout as he was expecting a much better result than just winning the two seats - Nalanda and Purnia. With just two MPs in the Lok Sabha and a mauling in the five Assembly by-polls, too, the survival of Nitish Kumar had been looking very uncertain. The JDU had won 20 seats in 2009 when he was in alliance with the BJP.

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