Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar CM

Rift between JD(U) and RJD following a case being lodged against deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav

GN Bureau | July 26, 2017


#JD(U)   #Lalu Prasad   #Tejashwi Yadav   #Bihar   #Nitish Kumar Resignation   #Nitish Kumar   #RJD   #CBI  


Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, just hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad ruled out his son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav putting in his papers following a case being registered by the CBI.

The JD(U) and RJD alliance had been under considerable strain over the past few days, with repeated calls being made for Yadav to resign. However, a combative Lalu Prasad as well as his son Tejashwi both refused.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter and commented on the fast-paced development.

Nitish Kumar on Wednesday met Bihar governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and tendered his resignation.

Read: Why Nitish is on a shaky ground


It was a day of hectic political activity in Patna.

When a journalist asked Lalu whether Tejashwi would quit, he retorted: "Has Nitish asked for the resignation of Tejashwi Yadav?"
"Are they (JD(U)) the police that we have to answer them?" he shot back to another query.

After resigning Nitish Kumar said, "I tried to do good work and tried to maintain the dharma of the mahagathbandhan."

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation had registered a case against Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav on allegations of corruption during his tenure as railway minister in 2006. The investigation agency had conducted raids at more than 12 locations, including their houses in Delhi, Gurugram, Patna, Ranchi and Puri.

The JD(U) and RJD had come together as a part of a mahagathbandhan ahead of the 2015 assembly elections.

The grand alliance had defied political pundits and come to power, halting the march of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The mahagathbandhan had won 178 seats against 58 seats won by the BJP and its allies.

Nitish Kumar had been sworn in as the chief minister for the fourth time in November 2015. The last time he had put in his papers was in 2014 when the JD(U) had fared poorly in the general elections, winning just two seats.

 

Comments

 

Other News

Expanding Eureka!

Abright yellow van with figures of children playing with a whirligig, a Newton’s cradle, a magnetic compass rolls into the Government Higher Primary School in Kittaganahalli, on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Students in the playground leave what they are doing and mill about it in excitement. For they

The spark in the classroom

Not many children dream of starting an idyllic school of their own when they grow up. But Ramji Raghavan, founder of the Agastya International Foundation – which fosters the creative learning of science in stude

Trafficking survivors’ votes don’t count

While the entire nation is agog with political grapevine, political parties are weighing on all options to lure voters by touching upon issues that impact their lives. Several parties, including the BJP and the Congress have released their manifestos while many are about to join the bandwagon. The

“I have a bigger reason and motivation to join politics”

Urmila Matondkar joined the Congress party and within just two months into politics, the actor is already surrounded by controversies – from being accused of making anti-Hindu comments to inappropriate poll campaigning. Fielded against BJP’s Gopal Shetty in the Mumbai North constituency, Ma

Campaign trail with BJP’s Manoj Kotak

Dressed in white shirt and pants, three time Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) corporator Manoj Kotak is now contesting from Mumbai north-east constituency. Kotak, representing BJP in the BMC, is ready to rally around Ward 125 in Ghatkopar east area. It’s about 7:30 pm on a hot April e

Modi is now the topic of a PhD thesis

Sunil Bhatt, a Gujarat-based professional, has completed what is possibly the first PhD thesis on prime minister Narendra Modi. The thesis, titled ‘Leadership, Governance and Development: A case study of Shri Narendra Modi’, has been accepted at the Veer Narmad South Gujarat Universit



Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter