Decision of Nitish to quit is final: Sharad

Patna: m As the political drama unfolds in Bihar, JDU chief Sharad Yadav today said the decision of Nitish Kumar to quit as Chief Minister is “final”.

Yadav said this ahead of the the JD(U) legislature meeting to discuss the ongoing situation after Nitish said  yesterday he needed time till today to decided on the plea byJD(U) MLAs that he should withdraw his resignation and continue in office.

“The decision (Nitish Kumar’s resignation) is in favour of the nation, the party and Nitish ji. It was a difficult decision but is final and right,” he said.

Yadav also ruled out taking support of Lalu Prasad’s RJD in formation of a new government in Bihar.

“No. Never we have taken and there is no question of taking support from him,” he said when asked if the ruling JD(U) will take the support of RJD.

The political crisis in Bihar arising out of the resignation  of Nitish as chief minister following the severe drubbing that JD-U suffered in the Lok Sabha elections remained unresolved yesterday with the party failing to elect its “new” leader.

All JD(U) MLAs insisted that Nitish should continue, but he refused to do so and sought time till tomorrow.

Many of the legislators even threatened to sit on dharna if he refused to withdraw his resignation, party spokesman Sanjay Singh told reporters yesterday on a day of fast-paced political developments.

Even as JD(U) MLAs were holding a meeting, a BJP delegation met Governor D Y Patil and asked him to insist on a parade of individual MLAs and written support of all supporting parties if Nitish again staked claim to form government in the state.

Political temperature in Bihar rose amidst reports of efforts at realignment of old ‘Janata Parivar’ with Lalu Prasad and arch rival Nitish coming together to form a strong government in Bihar to keep communal forces away from power.

There were reports of Yadav and even Nitish talking to Prasad.

But, the RJD chief told reporters that these were “baseless and concocted” and denied talking to either of them.

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