Nitish Kumar elected leader of Mahagathbandhan; gets full support from frenemy Manjhi

As the Chief Minister of Bihar moved to sever the alliance with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance with the Mahagathbandhan government paving its way back into the state, Nitish Kumar was elected as the head of ‘ Mahagathbandhan’ as a start to claim to form a new government in Bihar.

According to Republic Media Network sources, Nitish Kumar will meet Bihar Governor again tonight, along with Tejashwi Yadav to demand the formation of the “Mahogathbandhan government in Bihar”. Meanwhile, it is assumed that Nitish Kumar will return as the chief minister of the state, while Lalu Prasad’s son, Tejashwi Yadav, will assume the post of deputy chief minister. The Interior Ministry portfolio is also requested by Tejashwi Yadav.

Notably, with reports that MPs from the RJD, Congress and leftist parties have come together to form a government, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) has also given unconditional support to Nitish Kumar and the Mahagathbandhan, according to news agency ANI. Interestingly, Manjhi was an aide to Nitish Kumar and was appointed Chief Minister of Bihar in 2014 after Nitish Kumar resigned to take moral responsibility for JDU’s utter failure in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, when Nitish again sought to be CM, Manjhi refused to hand over the post and tried to ally himself with the BJP. Nevertheless, with RJD’s support, Nitish was able to outsmart Manjhi and became CM again.

Nitish Kumar resigns, stakes claim to form new government

Hours after Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar tendered his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan in Raj Bhavan, he is demanding the formation of a new government saying all MPs and MPs from his party agree to leave their alliance with the BJP-led NDA. He also claimed that the decision to leave the NDA was made by JD(U).

Meanwhile, top Bihar BJP leaders were seen on a flight to Patna amid the political struggle between BJP and JDU. It is assumed that the leaders will attend the state BJP central committee meeting tonight.

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