Big blow to Grand Alliance: Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar Chief Minister

They have always been scared of my father, but it seems they are scared of me too.

"Now let Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi stay out and the MLAs of JD-U, RJD and Congress should elect a new leader".

Surjewala said the 2015 victory "was also a mandate against BJP and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who tried to weigh the respect, regard of Biharis in the manner that he chose to do by way of public auction of and distribution of money".

Kumar's JD (U) has 71 seats, while RJD headed by Tejashwi Yadav's father Lalu Prasad, has 80. However, 2015 saw rivals Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav dump their differences to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party and succeeded at it quite convincingly. Nitish said it was becoming "difficult for him to work" and that he had followed his conscience.

Addressing a press conference in the evening, Kumar said Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi accepted his resignation and asked him to continue working till the next development.

Meanwhile, Shivanand Tiwari, a former JD-U leader now with the RJD, slammed the Chief Minsiter for not talking to the RJD to sort out the issues.

According to Prabhat Khabar, the chief minister is likely to use the pressure tactics to ensure his deputy Tejashwi Yadav - facing corruption charges - steps down voluntarily.

Though Prasad got lucky in his very first outing in the electoral arena, winning Lok Sabha poll in 1977, it took Kumar, an electrical engineer from NIT Patna, then known as Bihar College of Engineering, eight more years to get elected to the state assembly for the first time in 1985, after having lost twice. I never asked for anybody's resignation. The chief minister before going to the Governor had convened the meeting with its party leaders.

"The greed of Lalu family can't be satisfied", Nitish Kumar said.

"Congress added to confusion within mahagathbandhan by attacking Nitish, though clarification came later on". There is no bitterness between me and Nitish.

BJP likely to discuss extending its support to Nitish Kumar in its Parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi.

He, however, hinted that the RJD would do nothing to lead to the collapse of the Grand Alliance government in Bihar.

Vanessa Coleman

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