Patna: Speculation is growing over the return of Nitish Kumar as the chief minister of Bihar.
Reports claimed on Wednesday that a majority of JD(U) MLAs are in favour of Nitish replacing Jitan Ram Manjhi as the Bihar chief minister.
They want the change ahead of state elections due later this year so that Nitish could campaign for the party as CM instead of Manjhi, who has courted controversy on many occasions.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad is also believed to have voiced his opinion in favour of Nitish, ahead of the proposed Janata parivaar merger.
Reports say Nitish could meet party MLAs and senior leaders today.
Nitish had last week denied speculation about Manjhi's ouster.
"There is no substance in media speculation over Manjhi's ouster... no discussion took place (with Janata Parivar leaders) during my visit to Delhi nor was it necessary," Kumar had said.