"My conscience told me to quit" - Nitish Kumar
Mr. Nitish Kumar has quit as Chief Minister of Bihar, ending the two-year-long political experiment that was Grand Alliance which included his party (JDU), Lalu Yadav (RJD) and the Congress. On 26 July Mr. Nitish Kumar met with Bihar Governor Sri Keshari Nath Tripathi to deliver his resignation. Tomorrow, he will take oath as CM of a new government, one which includes the BJP.
Nitish stunning resignation came after Lalu Yadav restate that his son, Tejashwi, would not quit . "I did not ask for anyone's resignation," said Nitish Kumar, "but I told Tejashwi and Lalu that they must explain the charges publicly. The atmosphere had become such that it was impossible to work," he said, and also added "my conscience told me to quit."
BJP leaders met in Delhi and Patna and agreed that the party will support Nitish Kumar, securing he wins a trust vote. On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nitish Kumar after he quit for "joining the fight against corruption"; the Chief Minister thanked him, also on Twitter.
The Governor changed his travel plans to stay back for the meeting requested by the Chief Minister. Lalu Yadav, was about to fly to Ranchi for a court appearance on 27 July i.e. today, decided to drive there instead of flying, due to which he was in Patna for a few extra hours at a crucial time.
On July 7, CBI conducted a search at the Patna residence of Lalu and Tejashwi Yadav, who were named in a corruption case. The Yadavs have attributed the case to a get-even attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who they allege is "scared" of their concerted opposition to him. Nitish Kumar hinted that Tejashwi Yadav should rise to the occasion by opting out of the government.
On July 27, 2017, Lalu Yadav's party met and reiterated that Tejashwi Yadav will remain in Office and suggestions given by Chief Minister regarding public and detailed defense has not been accepted.
Statements from both sides today indicated the confrontation was past the point of rescue.
Shivanand Tiwari, a senior member of Lalu Yadav's party, said "I have known Nitish for 40 years, he is no saint.KC Tyagi, a senior leader from the Chief Minister's party replied "We can't compromise on Nitish's clean image.
The Congress' top bosses, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, have attempted mediation with both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav, but were unable to broker a compromise.
Oppositions attempt to build an 18-party front aiming to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term in 2019, shattered due to the collapse of Bihar alliance. Bihar alliance which saw former rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav quitting their differences in 2015 and co-signing with the Congress to ensure that their collective support groups - a range of castes - became the wall that PM Modi ran into as he led the BJP's campaign in Bihar.
On JULY 27 2017 By Sudeep
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