Bihar: ‘All was not well within Mahagatbandhan’, says Nitish Kumar after resigning

PM Modi congratulates Nitish Kumar; new govt to be sworn in by 4pm

Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav (File) Nitish Kumar (left) with RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav

“I have resigned as the Chief Minister and I have also told the Governor to dissolve the government in the state," said JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar after submitting his resignation to the governor.

Kumar met with Governor Rajendra Arlekar on Sunday morning and submitted his resignation. Kumar ditched the BJP to form the current Bihar government with RJD and Congress support less than 18 months ago. His party was previously in alliance with RJD and Congress till 2017. The governor has accepted his resignation and advised him to continue as caretaker CM till a new government is formed.

Talking to reporters after meeting the governor, Kumar said, “This situation came because not everything was alright. I was getting views from everyone. I listened to all of them. Today, the Government has been dissolved," ANI reported. Kumar said he made all efforts to the INDIA bloc running but there was no response. Reportedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Nitish Kumar and congratulated him.

The swearing-in ceremony of the new BJP-backed government is expected to happen around 4pm on Sunday. BJP President J.P. Nadda is expected to attend the event.

Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Singh Rawat told PTI, “Only Nitish Kumar can explain why a situation like this has arrived (in Bihar). Our party and the leadership had tried its best to save the alliance." 


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