PM Modi Welcomes Nitish Kumar’s Resignation, But Twitterati Have Their Own Take

7:59 pm 26 Jul, 2017

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Nitish Kumar has resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar following the fracas in his government because of the corruption charges against Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejashwi.

Yadav’s Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) is an ally in Bihar government. The RJD supremo’s younger son, Tejashwi, is the deputy Chief Minister of the state while his older son, Tej Pratap, is the state health minister.

 

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All of Kumar’s MLAs from his party, Janata Dal (United), agreed with his decision of resigning on Wednesday evening.

Kumar’s decision came on the same day Lalu Prasad Yadav backed his son and rejected any possibility of Tejashwi stepping down following the corruption allegations.


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Yadav told the media that Kumar had not asked for Tejashwi’s resignation. The deputy CM has been named in a CBI case along with Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi and some other officials in connection with a land deal.

 

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Speaking to reporters outside the Governor’s house where he went to submit his resignation, Nitish said that he had not asked for “anyone’s resignation”.

“But I told Tejashwi and Lalu that they must explain the charges publicly. I also informed Congress and everyone concerned before submitting my resignation. The atmosphere had become such that it was impossible to work. (And) my conscience told me to quit,” he said.

Taking a dig at Lalu Prasad Yadav, Kumar said:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed him as a fighter against corruption.

 

The BJP said that they always knew that the alliance will fall apart.

Others, too, commented on Kumar’s decision, in their own styles:

The BJP has meanwhile said that they are not seeking a mid-term election. But the party’s Bihar unit had earlier stated that they might lend support to JD(U) to keep Nitish Kumar in office.


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But according to estimates, even if the rest of Mahagathbandhan withdraws support from JD(U), Nitish Kumar can still make it past the halfway mark of 122 seats in the Bihar assembly if he takes BJP’s support of 53 MLAs to his 71.