Hours after RJD chief and ally Lalu Prasad Yadav's jibe at him, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar has resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Bihar.
NDTV reports that Nitish met Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who reportedly changed his travel plans for this meeting, and delivered his resignation letter.
The move comes after Lalu said this morning that that Nitish should remember RJD had made him chief minister. Further criticising Nitish, Lalu had said, "I am aware of the growing bonhomie between Nitish Kumar and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I know BJP is desperate to ally with Janata Dal (United)(JD(U))."
Nitish after his resignation, said:
Humne kabhi kisi ka isteefa nahi maanga tha: Nitish Kumar pic.twitter.com/QZHYltSXDu— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Sirf ek proper spashtikaran maanga tha aaropon ka: Nitish Kumar— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Commenting on Lalu's allegations of his closeness to BJP, he said:
Governor has accepted my resignation, and asked me to continue working till the next development: Nitish Kumar— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
I am not blaming anyone, those who want to blame me are free to do so: Nitish Kumar pic.twitter.com/YMCFKUfTvf— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Gandhiji always said needs can be met on the earth, but greed can never be fulfilled: Nitish Kumar pic.twitter.com/gbzV5URRFq— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Before resigning, I had informed Laluji and Congress Bihar incharge CP Joshi: Nitish Kumar. pic.twitter.com/2bUpC0Ogyg— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Surprisingly, despite Nitish hinting that he was not close to the BJP, the first reaction to his resignation came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Welcoming Nitish's move. Modi said:
Congratulate Nitish Ji on joining fight against corruption. 125 crore people welcome and support this honesty, tweets PM Modi— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
To rise above political differences & fight against corruption in country & in Bihar in particular, for development is need of the hour: PM pic.twitter.com/QtX5d4YR8M— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Nitish promptly thanked PM Modi for his support on Twitter:
हमने जो निर्णय लिया उसपर माननीय प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi के ट्वीट के द्वारा दी गई प्रतिक्रिया के लिए उन्हें तहेदिल से धन्यवाद.— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) July 26, 2017
Meanwhile, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also commented on the resignation saying:
Nitish-Lalu alliance was a mismatch. This had to happen: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Nitish Kumar's resignation pic.twitter.com/bVUUl6xhJc— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Even as these comments came, Amit Shah has reportedly called on Bihar's BJP leader Sushil Modi. NDTV reports that Sushil Modi has summoned all BJP lawmakers for a meeting in home in Patna.
Bihar: Visuals from meeting of BJP MLAs that took place in Patna. pic.twitter.com/PZoeD1hvrA— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Sushil Modi also told ANI, "We are not in favour of mid-term elections in Bihar. A three-member committee has been constituted for making the future plan of action."
We are happy that Bihar CM didn't compromise on issue of corruption and did not kneel down before RJD: Sushil Modi, BJP pic.twitter.com/WYE8o0Lrsu— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Reacting to the news of the resignation, Lalu has said that he had not asked for a resignation. He also said:
Nitish Kumar knew that he is accused of section 302, one of India's CM is main accused in murder & arms case : Lalu Prasad Yadav pic.twitter.com/PTVniWS8TB— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
Lalu also alleged that Nitish 'colluded' RSS and BJP:
Ye (Nitish Kumar) mile hue hain BJP, RSS se. Kya setting hai, PM Modi turant tweet kar diye, Nitish Kumar ko badhaai de diye: Lalu Yadav pic.twitter.com/u6GDQF2XaS— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
The Congress, the other partner in the alliance, has said:
We are deeply disappointed by the news of Nitish Kumar's resignation. Congress respect Nitish Kumar as a leader: Randeep Surjewala, Congress pic.twitter.com/X0UUO6vLnp— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
In Delhi, the PM Modi and Amit Shah are attending a parliamentary board meeting of the party.
Trouble had been brewing in the RJD-JD(U) alliance amid controversies surrounding Lalu's son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.
As Nitish has been facing pressure to sack Tejaswi after he and Lalu were named in a corruption case by the CBI, Lalu had completely ruled out his son's resignation. The case was registered against Lalu, Tejaswi and Rabri Devi on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006, ANI had reported.
This is a developing story, further updates are awaited...