NEW DELHI: 26/7/17: Nitish Kumar is currently meeting Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to stake claim to form government with the support of the BJP, hours after he dramatically resigned as Chief Minister, ending his mahagathbandhan or grand alliance with Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the Congress.
Mr Kumar will likely take oath as Chief Minister tomorrow as the head of his government.
Nitish Kumar’s party has 71 lawmakers in the 243-member Bihar assembly and with the support of the BJP’s 53, he will have 124 MLAs, just over the halfway mark he needs to win a trust vote.
The BJP, which had earlier said it could offer Mr Kumar “outside support” has decided to join the new government, sources said. Central leaders JP Nadda and Anil Jain will reach Bihar today to oversee the new political developments.
Shortly after Nitish Kumar met the Governor and handed in his resignation this evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Many many congratulation to Nitish Kumarji for joining the fight against corruption. Over hundred million citizens are welcoming and supporting the honesty.”