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:
Commenting on Lalu's allegations of his closeness to BJP, he said:
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:
Nitish promptly thanked PM Modi for his support on Twitter:
Meanwhile, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also commented on the resignation saying:
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.
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."
Reacting to the news of the resignation, Lalu has said that he had not asked for a resignation. He also said:
Lalu also alleged that Nitish 'colluded' RSS and BJP:
The Congress, the other partner in the alliance, has said:
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...