Nitish Kumar’s decision to quit is final, says Sharad Yadav

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Patna, May 19: Ending the suspense over Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s resignation, JD(U) President Sharad Yadav on Monday said Kumar’s decision is tough but final. Nitish Kumar had resigned on Saturday taking responsibility for the poor show by party in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections.

In the assembly, the JD-U has 118 legislators while the BJP has got 91. RJD is placed third with 22 lawmaker, Congress has 4 and others are 8.

The JD(U) Legislature party has yesterday decided to take the final call on choosing a new leader today in the wake of the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. JD(U) MLAs unanimously chose Nitish Kumar as their leader and insisted that he withdraw his resignation, but an emotional Kumar refused.

When MLAs persisted asking him to continue as CM and even threatened to sit on dharna at his residence, Kumar sought time till today to convey his decision, party spokesman Sanjay Singh told reporters.

Nitish Kumar in his speech at the meeting said his continuing as chief minister would be a loss for the party and insisted on not withdrawing his resignation. Kumar said he would devote more time to the party remaining out of power. He also said that rival BJP was making mockery of his resignation by describing it as “nautanki” (drama). But, party legilators refused to buy his argument.

JD(U) President Sharad Yadav, reported to be not in favour of continuation of Kumar after severe drubbing in Lok Sabha polls, was present in the meeting which witnessed sloganeering in favour of Kumar.

Of the total 117 party MLAs, four women legislators, who have been suspended for anti-party activities in the Parliamentary poll, were not invited at the nearly one-and-a- half hour long meeting at the residence of the chief minister.

The four suspended women MLAs were former minister Renu Kushwaha, whose husband Vijay Singh fought on BJP ticket against Sharad Yadav in Madhepura, Sujata Devi, Poonam Yadav, whose sister was in the fray from Khagaria on RJD ticket, and Anu Shukla who fought as an Independent at Vaishali Lok Sabha seat.

Since the Janata Dal-United fared poorly in the Lok Sabha election, there has been intense speculation the Nitish Kumar government may fall as party legislators would desert him.

Another setback for Nitish Kumar was that then JD-U bagged only one of five assembly seats where by-polls were held along with the Lok Sabha polls. The RJD bagged three seats and the BJP took one.

Barely two days back, BJP’s ally LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said that after result of the Lok Sabha elections, the Nitish Kumar government would fall as dozens of its legislators would desert him and there will be mid term-polls to the state assembly in November 2014.