BJP extends unconditional support to Nitish Kumar

| Updated: Jul 27, 2017 02:58 IST

Patna (Bihar) [India], July 26 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on late Wednesday evening declared 'unconditional support' for Nitish Kumar, who only a few hours back resigned as the Bihar Chief Minister. "Nityanand Rai ji and I called Nitish ji. The BJP has decided to support him. We will support the government formed under him. We will inform the governor also," BJP leader Sushil Modi told ANI. The BJP leader, however, maintained silence over the kind of support or place that would be given to Nitish, and said further decisions will be taken later. "We have accepted him as a BJP leader, and further decisions will be taken later," he said. Earlier, Modi, while welcoming Nitish's decision, said, "The JD(U) has been consistent in its stand against corruption and the BJP has also expressed its support to Nitish on the same. We are happy that the Bihar Chief Minister didn't compromise on issue of corruption and did not kneel down before the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress." Modi further said that the committee, based on views of state leadership, will decide its future course of action accordingly. Earlier, the BJP had said that it was not in favour of any mid-term elections. BJP leader and Union Minister J.P. Nadda had said that a three-member committee, comprising of state BJP leaders Sushil Modi, Nityanand Rai and Prem Kumar, was constituted to report its view to the central leadership of the party. Bihar saw a major turn of events on Wednesday evening when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post, instead of Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, as was being speculated and expected. Nitish handed over his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and confirmed it to the media even as he emerged after meeting him. "The Governor has accepted my resignation. I did everything a chief of a party in alliance should do. I myself have given away the post. Now, you will have to wait and see what happens next," he said. "Lalu had told me to run the government that's in this distress. I never asked for anybody's resignation. I asked Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav to prove false the allegations slapped against them." "It had become difficult for me to work in this enviroment. When I sided by demonetisation, they alleged me of having an ulterior motive. People had started believing falsely-reported things," he added. Nitish also said that he met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too before taking this decision. "Before resigning, I had informed Laluji and Congress Bihar in-charge C.P. Joshi," he said. "I am not blaming anyone. Those who want to blame me are free to do so," he added. Nitish also took a dig at Lalu Yadav and said, "Gandhiji always said needs can be met on the earth, but greed can never be fulfilled." The development came hours after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav earlier in the day took a jibe at Nitish Kumar, saying he was aware of his longtime friend's party's - Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) - growing bonhomie with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Lalu also gave a pointed reminder that his party has the most number of seats in the legislature. Addressing a press conference, he also said, "I made him the Chief Minister," however, asserting that all was well with him. The CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006. The RJD supremo, however, had refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the BJP. Since then, the BJP had been mounting pressure on Nitish to oust Tejashwi Yadav from the party. Various internal meetings in the JD(U) and the RJD has also been taking place, every now and then, fuelling the reports and rumours that Tejashwi would soon quit the Cabinet. The RJD, including Tejashwi himself and Lalu Yadav, had been asserting that Tejashwi would not resign, come what may. (ANI)

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