New Delhi | Former Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar arrived here today from Patna with 130 MLAs, in order to parade them before President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow to show that he enjoys a majority in Bihar Assembly. He and the MLAs supporting him landed here in two flights. Kumar, who has been elected as the new JD(U) Legislature Party Leader in place of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, questioned the delay by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in defusing the political crisis in the state.
Sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan said Mukherjee will decide tomorrow on Kumar’s plea to present supporting MLAs before him. He told reporters in Patna that he was forced to take MLAs to the national capital to parade them before Mukherjee as Tripathi had not taken any decision. We took the entire bunch of 130 supporting MLAs to Raj Bhavan, gave letters of support from all of them on February 8. Then what is there to study.
There is no rationale in delaying the decision to invite me to form a government, he said. Refusing to resign, Manjhi has claimed that he still enjoys support of a majority of MLAs and Kumar has demanded that either the Governor call him to prove his majority or Manjhi. Besides about 99 JD(U) MLAs, Kumar has been accompanied by RJD, Congress, CPI and independent legislators who support him.
He had met Tripathi yesterday to stake claim to form the government while Manjhi, who also met the Governor later, refuted his former mentor’s claim.
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