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Nitish is back at the helm, sacked Manjhi eyes BJP


Nitish Kumar

Patna: Both Nitish Kumar and Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday evening have approached Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi to reject each other’s claims made earlier in the day. Manjhi wrote a letter to the Governor requesting him not to take cognizance of the decision taken up by the legislature party meeting as the meeting was illegal and unauthorised. Nitish too wrote to Governor pleading the decision of the Manjhi cabinet recommending dissolution of Bihar assembly should not be accepted.

The politically astute Nitish Kumar has been re-elected the leader of the JD-U legislators, paving the way for his possible election as Bihar chief minister.

Earlier, the incumbent, Jiotan Ram Manjhi, refused to lower the banner of revolt and yield before the wishes of the leadership. Rather, he recommended dissolution of the state assembly in a pre-emptive move to prevent Nitish from being installed as CM. But determined to crush the revolt, after overnight efforts to iron out the differences failed, the party leadership showed Manjhi the door. Now, all eyes are on the dissidents and whether they would cross over to the BJP.

In New Delhi, the BJP leadership went into a huddle to take a call on Manjhi’s ouster.

Bihar elections are scheduled for later this year, and the party wants Nitish Kumar as the face of its campaign. His re-election is likely to push the state on the path of election sooner than later. This was unacceptable to Manjhi, who presided over a cabinet meeting this afternoon where it was decided to recommend the dissolution of the assembly.