Bihar crisis: As it happened on Monday

Amid deepening political crisis in Bihar, Janata Dal (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday met the state's Governor and staked claim to the chief minister's post and paraded 130 MLAs from his party, RJD and Congress who support him.

Bihar crisis: As it happened on Monday

Patna: Amid deepening political crisis in Bihar, Janata Dal (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday met the state's Governor and staked claim to the chief minister's post and paraded 130 MLAs from his party, RJD and Congress who support him.

Here are the LIVE Updates:-

  • Nitish Kumar seeks time to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday to parade all 130 MLAs supporting him: KC Tyagi, JD(U) 
  • Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi leaves for Delhi
  • Governor has rejected Manjhi's demand for Cabinet expansion: Report 
  • Why are they (JDU) blaming BJP for Manjhi's antics: Giriraj Singh, BJP
  • BJP's Giriraj Singh takes a dig at Nitish Kumar, says, "They made a mahadalit CM, and when he refused to dance to their tunes they got angry."
  • If majority is proved on floor of house, only Nitish ji will become CM, we've faith in constitution: KC Tyagi, JDU
  • Why is Mr Nitish Kumar & Lalu Yadav so anxious to become CM and all set to insult a dalit leader in Bihar?: RP Rudy, BJP 
  • If an MLA (Jitan Ram Manjhi) is expelled from party, an unattached MLA has all credentials to become the CM : RP Rudy, BJP
  • The question is, does Mr Nitish Kumar want this to be decided on streets of Patna or in Delhi? RP Rudy, BJP 
  • Where's the need to go to Delhi? Nitish ji is becoming the CM: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD 
  • He said he has taken time from Jitan Manjhi too, will meet him and then let us know the developments: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD
  • I asked him to fix the time and date and make Nitish Kumar the CM: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD
  • Had sent my supporting letter to Nitish Kumar long back: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD 
  • Have left everything for him to decide. He had aassured me he will soon take a call: Jitan Ram Manjhi
  • I told Governor that I am not running away from proving majortiy on the floor of the House and requested him for voting via secret ballot, says Manjhi.
  • The Legislature Party meet was illegal because the leader of the party should be calling the meeting, which is me, says Manjhi.
  • Nitish Kumar not an MLA, can't be CM, says Jitan Ram Manjhi
  • Manjhi says, I met the Governor and apprised him of everything. I told him that the Saturday's Legislature Party meeting of the Janata Dal (United) was unauthorised and appointment of Nitish Kumar was not correct.​
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi arrives at Governor KN Tripathi's house to meet him again.
  • Nitish Kumar says he told the Governor that he is ready to prove his majority within 24 hours or 48 hours.
  • If denied permission to form govt, we will parade our MLAs before the President: Nitish
  • Manjhi is involved in horse-trading at BJP's behest, want Governor's nod for govt formation: Nitish
  • We have made up our mind, not for power but for fighting against non-democratic moves, says Nitish Kumar
  • Guv also agreed that a new govt should be in place before Budget Session that begins from Feb 20: Nitish
  • We want a new govt before the commencement of the Budget Session: Nitish
  • Since majority is with us we should be given a chance to form govt and prove majority in the House: Nitish
  • We have told him that we had staked our claim to form govt on Feb 8: Nitish
  • We have met the Governor and apprised him of the recent developments in the state, says Nitish Kumar  
  • We have requested Governor to appoint Nitish as CM in the interest of Bihar, says Lalu Yadav
  • We've urged the Governor to call for an oath taking ceremony at the earliest: JDU chief
  • JD(U) chief says Governor KN Tripathi found party's concern logical.
  • We have told Governor that majority is with us and Nitish should be appointed CM: Sharad Yadav
  • Told the Governor that Nitish Kumar will be our chief minister, says Sharad Yadav
  • Governor apprised that Nitish has been elected legislative party leader, says JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav
  • Nitish-Governor meeting ends, JD(U) leaders address reporters outside Raj Bhawan.
  • Governor KN Tripathi scheduled to leave for Delhi at 7 pm after meeting top Bihar political leaders.
  • Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi to meet Governor KN Tripathi at 3.00 pm again.
  • Lalu Yadav, Sharad Yadav also present in the meeting.
  •  Nitish Kumar meets Governor, stakes claim to form govt.
  •  Manjhi's expulsion from JD(U) unconstitutional, claims Narendra Singh
  •  We have the support of BJP, claims Singh.
  •  Meanwhile, Manjhi supporter MLA Narendra Singh claims support of 140 MLAs.
  •  RJD chief Lalu Yadav, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav also accompanying Nitish Kumar.
  •  Nitish will stake claim to form government after meeting state's Governor.
  •  Nitish Kumar reaches Raj Bhawan with 130 MLAs of JD(U).
  •  Led by Nitish, JD(U), RJD and Congress MLAs march towards Raj Bhavan along with their supporters in Patna.
  •  Nitish Kumar to hold march upto Raj Bhawan before meeting the Governor, say reports.  
  •  JD(U) has every right to take action against those who are engaged in anti-party activities, says Tyagi.
  •  Manjhi had refused to follow instructions of the apex JD(U) leadership, says Tyagi.
  •  Manjhi has never been a Dlit leader, it was Nitish who engineered the extreme OBC-Dalit formula: Tyagi  
  •  Speaking to Zee Media, KC Tyagi says Manjhi has disrespected the manadate given to the party by the voters.
  •  If Nitish not appointed Bihar CM, JD(U) will protest in Delhi, warns Tyagi
  •  Governor should give Manjhi 48 hours to prove majority or appoint Nitish as CM and give him time to prove majority in 48 hours: Tyagi
  • Will request the Governor to ask Manjhi to prove that he enjoys support of majority MLAs, says Tyagi.
  • Will tell the Governor that Manjhi doesn't enjoy majority support: Tyagi
  •  Manjhi is being fully backed by the BJP, says KC Tyagi
  •  After meeting the PM, the kind of attitude Manjhi had, never does a CM running a minority Govt has that kind of attitude: Tyagi
  •  All this is being done at the behest of BJP chief Amit Shah with the blessings of PM Modi, alleges Tyagi.
  •  Operation 'Jitan Ram Manjhi' has been orchestrated by BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Modi: Tyagi
  •  Manjhi has been expelled by party chief Sharad Yadav for violating party's discipline, says KC Tyagi.
  •  Manjhi meets Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.
  •  Bihar Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary ignores Manjhi as he gets up to shake hands with him at Raj Bhavan: Reports
  •  As per reports, Manjhi is due to meet Governor at 1.00 pm and Nitish at 1.30 pm to stake claim to CM post.  
  •  BJP's CP Thakur says party will support if situation warrants.   
  •  Constitution expert Subhash Kashyap says Manjhi can continue as CM till Governor accepts his resignation.
  •  Nitish Kumar also due to meet Governor and parade his MLAs at the Raj Bhawan.
  •  Manjhi arrives in Patna, due to meet Governor at Raj Bhawan in a short while.  
  •  Some Bihar JD(U) MLAs and Manjhi's close aides are also likely to quit in protest, claim sources.
  •  Manjhi expected to arrive in Patna any time soon.
  •  Manjhi supporter JD(U) MLA Rajeshwar Raj moves Patna High Court against the legislative party meeting called by Sharad Yadav on Feb 7.
  •  Reacting to the development, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain says Nitish Kumar can dismiss anybody out of desperation.
  •  Manjhi dismissed from primary membership of JD(U) by party chief Sharad Yadav, says Tyagi
  •  JD(U) leader KC Tyagi says Manjhi has been expelled from the party.
  •  Jitan Ram Manjhi expelled from Janata Dal (U).
  •  What happened there (in Bihar) is their internal problem, but we see a BJP game-plan behind this, says PC Chacko of Congress.
  •  BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain evades reply on support to Manjhi.
  •  Support for Nitish will be decided on the floor of the House not in their party's office, says BJP
  •  Nitish Kumar and the JD(U) will have to explain on what merits they chose Manjhi as CM and why they want him to be removed now, says Shahnawaz Hussain
  •  The present crisis has exposed the JD(U) leadershp, which wants power at any cost:  Shahnawaz Hussain
  •  JD(U) will have to explain to people of Bihar why it split from BJP: Hussain
  •  Nitish Kumar is power hungry, only he is to be blamed for present political crisis in Bihar: Hussain
  •  Shahnawaz Hussain of BJP hits back at the JD(U).
  •  BJP wants to de-stabilise the Bihar government, alleges JD(U) leader Tyagi
  •  Kejriwal will stop PM Modi's chariot in Delhi and Nitish kumar in Bihar, says Tyagi
  •  If what we want doesn't happen we will protest in Delhi: Tyagi
  •  We will press for removal of Jitan Ram Manjhi as Bihar CM: Tyagi
  •  JD(U) leader KC Tyagi confirms Lalu Yadav, Nitish Kumar and 130 MLAs will parade at Raj Bhawan at 1.30 pm today.
  •  JDU-RJD merger has not materialised, says Rao.
  •   Bihar JD(U) is in verge of a vertical split, says BJP spokesperson GVLN Rao.
  •   Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi reaches Patna.
  •   JD(U)'s Ali Anwar reacts by saying, Manjhi came under BJP's trap, this plan of BJP won't work.
  •   Bihar JD(U) leader Ramai Ram says Manjhi will support Nitish if he is promised Deputy CM's post
  •   Manjhi says he will support Nitish Kumar if he is given Deputy CM's post.
  •   CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has put conditions before Nitish Kumar, media reports claimed.  
  •   Nitish is expected to meet the Governor at 1.30pm today.

What happened so far:

The crisis in Bihar's ruling JD-U deepened further on Sunday, as a defiant Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi asserted that he will not resign, while the rival camp led by Nitish Kumar decided to parade legislators at Raj Bhavan on Monday and stake claim to power.

Manjhi, who was hand-picked by then chief minister Nitish Kumar as his replacement last year after the Janata Dal-United's rout in the Lok Sabha polls, has refused to quit.

In New Delhi to attend the NITI Aayog meeting yesterday, Manjhi also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi but said no politics were discussed in the meeting which lasted 40 minutes. Addressing a press conference later, he said, "I did not discuss politics with him. Modiji has done some good work for Bihar and we thanked him for that."

Manjhi also claimed that he will prove his majority in the State Assembly on February 20, and step down only if he fails.

"On the floor, whoever gives us support we will take it. I will not resign from the chief minister's post," he said, adding: "They (JD-U) had this misunderstanding that they will make me do whatever they want me to do".

He termed Nitish Kumar "power hungry” and said he showed his real face when he humiliated him, a Mahadalit.

In response, JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said that Manjhi was speaking the language of the Bharatiya Janata Party by attacking Nitish Kumar, who picked him up for the top post. "Manjhi has forgotten that he was nominated by Nitish Kumar," he said.

JD-U's Bihar unit president Vashsisht Narain Singh told reporters that his party would form a new government in the state under Nitish Kumar's leadership with the backing of the Congress and Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal.

"We will parade 130 MLAs, including those of the Congress and the RJD, before the governor on Monday," he said. The JD-U has 115 legislators in the 243-member assembly, most of whom are reportedly with Nitish Kumar.

The party is backed by 24 legislators of the RJD, five of the Congress, one from the Communist Party of India and two independents, making it a total of 147 - more than the 122 needed for simple majority.

Manjhi enjoys the support of over a dozen JD-U legislators. He is banking on the support of the BJP, which has openly come out in his favour. The BJP has 88 legislators and it supported by three independents.

JD-U president Sharad Yadav, in a letter in Manjhi, has asked the chief minister to resign.

Yadav said that as Manjhi no longer enjoyed the support of majority of party legislators and the legislature party has re-elected Nitish Kumar as its leader, he should resign. Earlier, the JD-U legislators submitted letters of support for Nitish Kumar to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi staking claim to form the government.

Abdul Bari Siddiqui of the RJD and Sadanand Singh of the Congress also submitted letters of support for Nitish Kumar.

The governor should invite Nitish Kumar to form the government, he said, adding, "Any delay to invite Nitish Kumar will encourage horse-trading." Tripathi is currently in Kolkata as he is also the West Bengal Governor.

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