Saturday, February 7, 2015

Amid-st Manjhi's rebellion, Nitish Kumar re-elected leader of Party's in Assembly, BJP all glad

When Nitish Kumar step down in his favor,
Patna: 7 Feb: Amidst high political drama Nitish Kumar was elected leader of legislative party with the support of 97 MLAs and 20 MLCs. Parties top brass san CM Manjhi, were present in the meeting called by party President Sharad Yadava.
On the other hand C.M. Mr. Jitan Ram Manjhi, hand-picked OBC leader of Nitish Kumar is now playing the ball for BJP. His cabinet dismissed his resolution to dissolve Assembly with 7 Ministers in favor and 21 against.
JDU has reached out to Governor of the State and the President of India with the request that to kindly not pay heed to the recommendation for dissolution of the government.
ANI reports that Bihar ministers supporting Nitish Kumar have sent a fax to Bihar Governor KN Tripathi and to President Pranab Mukherjee saying CM Jitan Ram Manjhi recommended Assembly dissolution without cabinet majority.
Meanwhile CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has arrived in Delhi purportedly to huddle with BJP leaders and effect a split in the Party with the sole objective to save his chair with the support of BJP. However  most probably BJP will not play his game. Instead would like to fall his Government and imposition of Governors rule. 
Meanwhile Congress has asserted that JDU has the main responsibility to give Bihar a secular government, but the internal politics within party is ruining all prospects. Party leader PC Chako said. This is some kind of an internal bitter fight, not a political issue. It may be some ego issue.
 Meanwhile the 1Governor has dismissal two ministers of State Cabinet namely Rajiv Ranjan Singh and PK Shahi on the recommendation of CM. As expected BJP had demanded fresh elections in Bihar. BJP Bihar in-charge Bhupinder Yadav had a meeting in New Delhi with BJP President Amit Shah,
At cabinet meeting Bijendra Yadava proposed CM Jitin Manjhi to dissolve State Assembly which was rejected by 21 ministers present in the meeting. Only seven were conspicuous by not opposing the move. ANI reported that only 7 ministers supported Jitan Ram Manjhi's recommendation of dissolution of Bihar assembly.
Earlier, amid indications that the JD(U) leadership has quelled the rebellion led by Manjhi by making him agree to make way for the return of Nitish Kumar as the chief minister, the situation had turned fluid again after Governor Tripathi accepted Manjhi's recommendation to dismiss two ministers -- Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and PK Shahi.
Manjhi had written to the Governor, yesterday, saying their activities were not in the best interest of the government. Manjhi today met Nitish Kumar at the latter's residence amid pressure from the party leadership not to create a split in the party.
Earlier in the day, the JD (U) had made it clear that it was not willing to concede space to Manjhi over the issue. Senior leader KC Tyagi declared that Nitish will take over as CM after Manjhi steps down. “Manjhi is himself responsible for his downfall. As soon as he vacates the CM's post, automatically other posts will be vacated too,” Tyagi said.
Manjhi enjoys the support of just a little over a dozen party legislators and he is banking on the support of the BJP, which is openly backing him. Nitish Kumar is yet to say anything about the ongoing developments in the party.
The JD-U has 115 legislators in the 243-member Assembly. It is supported by 24 legislators of Lalu Prasad`s Rashtriya Janata Dal, five of the Congress, one from the Communist Party of India and two Independents, making it a total of 147 -- more than the 122 needed for simple majority. The BJP has 88 legislators and has the support of three Independents. Five seats are vacant.


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