JD(U) holds MLAs` meet to discuss Nitish Kumar`s resignation

Last Updated: Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 14:46

Zee Media Bureau

Patna: The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday held a legislative council meet to take final decision on Nitish Kumar`s resignation from the party post, as per reports.

In the meeting, the role of former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, in the party is likely to be discussed.

Earlier, Senior JD (U) Minister Narendra Singh had said that former chief minister Nitish Kumar was "undisputed" leader under whom the party would go to the next Assembly polls.

Singh`s clarification came a day after he said that any leader, including incumbent Jitan Ram Manjhi, can become the chief minister if JD(U) returns to power.

"Like after every election, legislators could choose Nitish Kumar or somebody else as their Legislature party leader to become CM then," he told reporters.

Singh, known for frankly expressing his views before media, which many a times are not in tune with the party line, sought to clarify that there was no dispute over the leadership of Nitish Kumar.

"Any JD(U) leader, including Manjhi can become the Chief Minister if the party wins the next Assembly polls," Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh had said in the Legislative Assembly yesterday.

Meanwhile, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has given hints about RJD-JD(U) alliance.

“"If the vote share of both RJD and JD(U) in the recent Parliamentary poll in the state is combined it will go up to 45 per cent which will be enough to defeat BJP," he said.

He further added, "We will sit together and talk about the feasibility of such an alliance. The parties connected with the `Mandal` concept of social justice will have to unite in the present political scenario. There is a need for change and we have to think about it. We will have to take everybody along," he said.

The RJD and Congress recently voted for the Jitan Ram Manjhi government on the confidence motion on May 23.

RJD and Congress also bailed out an embattled JD(U) in the bypoll for two Rajya Sabha seats last month.

Faced with large scale dissension, Nitish Kumar`s party was faced with a major challenge to see its two candidates through in the RS bypoll.
The JD(U) nominees triumphed in the RS by-election with the help of RJD, Congress, CPI and Independents.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 12:44

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