New Delhi, aug. 9
Amid the speculations of the Janata Dal (united) breaking its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bihar Chief Minister and the party chief Nithish Kumar has got time to meet Governor Phagu on Tuesday afternoon and he is to meet the Governor at 4 pm.
Nitish Kumar has sought time between 12:30 pm to 1 pm to meet the governor and the meeting is expected to include Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav.
The move comes shortly after three major parties in the state - the JD(U), the BJP and the RJD - conducted a meeting with their legislators earlier this day. Prior to the meeting, Nalanda MLA Kaushalendra said that the BJP tried to break the JD(U).
The meeting took place after the resignation of RCP Singh, who headed JD(U) for the last one-and-a-half years. After his resignation from the party, Singh is said to be in touch with some MLAs raising doubts of the ‘Maharashtra MVA-like situation’ by the BJP following which Nitish Kumar called for a meeting of party MLAs and MPs.
Meanwhile, the RJD is also holding a party of its legislators on the command of Tejashwi Yadav at his mother Rabri Devi’s residence which is close to CM’s Anney Marg residence.
Amid the political speculation, it is also said that Nitish Kumar spoke to Congress interim President over the phone.
A major upheaval in Bihar politics erupted on Sunday after Janata Dal said that it will not be a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Union Cabinet
expansion. Nitish Kumar also skipped the NITI aayog meeting that was headed by Modi on Sunday. He also did not attend the farewell party of the former President Ram Nath Kovind and the swearing-in ceremony of Droupadi Murmu.
The speculation of the Janata Dal forming an alliance with the opposition parties gained momentum after RJD’s vice president Shivanand Tiwary on Monday announced that his party is ready to form an
alliance with JD(U) and form the government. The Congress and the left parties have also mutually agreed upon to form an alliance with JD(U).
In the Bihar assembly which has 243 seats, RJD is the single largest party with 79 seats, while BJP has 77 MLAs, JD has 45 MLAs and Hindustani Awam Morcha has four MLAs.
The left parties have 16 MLAs, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has one MLA and
another one member is an Independent. The current strength of the House is 242 owing to the death of one MLA, and the majority mark is 122.
In the meantime Chief Minister Nithish Kumar declared that the BJP-JD(U) alliance was broken. After the meeting of Governor at 4 pm today, RJD-JD(U) Government will be formed in Bihar.