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Bihar Political Crisis: Nitish Kumar Resigns As Bihar Chief Minister; Joins RJD

On Tuesday, Bihar's chief minister, Nitish Kumar handed in his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan and officially terminated his alliance with Bhartiya Janata Party.

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On Tuesday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar handed in his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan and officially terminated his alliance with Bhartiya Janata Party. He is all set to join hands with Rashtriya Janata Dal, the party whom he has criticised in the past. On multiple accounts, Kumar had called RJD corrupt and how 5 years of its rule had taken Bihar way back.

After handing in the resignation, Nitish Kumar joined RJD’s Tejaswi Yadav at his residence and has reportedly told Yadav, “Let us forget what happened in 2017 and begin a new chapter.” Hindustani Awam Morcha's Jitan Ram Manjhi extended his support unconditionally to Kumar, after his speculated exit from BJP. 

This comes in the wake of imminent split rumours doing the rounds since Sunday. Kumar recently skipped the Niti Aayog meeting, for the fourth time, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which led to party-split rumours. The tussle between the allies reached an all-time high over issues pertaining to caste census, granting special status to Bihar to allowing loudspeakers at places of worship, among others. The culmination of the ongoing tensions was Kumar’s concerns that Union Minister Amit Shah was working relentlessly to split the Janata Dal (United). Previously, Kumar had also not attended the meeting of all chief ministers called by Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah.

On Sunday, RCP Singh, the former national president of the JD(U), resigned from the party on being asked to explain the corruption allegations against him. Following this, when the JD(U) chief did not nominate him to the Rajya Sabha for the third time, and he had to resign from the Union cabinet, Kumar and RCP Singh became further estranged.

Simultaneously, JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh also hinted that the BJP was trying to work out a split in his party which led to a cleaving in the party by Chirag Paswan and his uncle Union minister Pashupati Paras.

Union minister Ashwini Choubey, Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal, and Union minister RK Singh are amongst the few who have critisised Kumar’s move and called it “opportunistic”.