Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

PATNA: In a day of rapid political developments, Bihar Prime Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to meet Governor Phagu Chauhan later in the day, sources close to the development said.
Although no official announcements have been made, Kumar is likely to split from ally BJP for the second time in eight years and receive the support of the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan to continue in office.
The meeting with Governor Chauhan is scheduled for 4 p.m., the sources said.
A meeting of the RJD-led Grand Alliance, comprising the Left and Congress, was also held at Rabri Devi’s house, across the street from the Prime Minister’s residence, where all MLAs are said to be they signed a letter of support for Kumar.
Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav is likely to visit the CM’s residence to deliver the letter of support at any time.
The CM is understood to have told party lawmakers and MPs, in a meeting he called at his official residence, that the BJP had pushed him against the wall and tried to weaken his JD(U), first by propping up the Chirag rebellion. Paswan. and later through the party’s former national chairman, RCP Singh.
Singh was appointed a cabinet minister at the Center without Kumar’s explicit agreement. Consequently, when he ended his term as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the JD(U) refused to give him another term as MP, thus also ending his term as a cabinet minister.
After this, rumors arose of a split in the JD(U) engineered by Singh’s supporters.
Relations between the BJP and the JD(U) have been souring for quite some time following disagreements on a number of issues, including the caste census, population control and the ‘Agnipath’ defense recruitment scheme.
CPIML (Liberation) Secretary General Dipankar Bhattacharya told PTI on Monday that the crux of the dispute between JD(U) and BJP also stemmed from the recent statement by JP Nadda, chairman of the saffron party, who said that regional parties “have no future”. .
Meanwhile, the BJP met at the residence of MP CM Tarkishore Prasad, where all the ministers belonging to the party are also present, as well as state president Sanjay Jaiswal and other high-level leaders.
BJP sources said they will wait until Nitish Kumar makes the first move.
In the state assembly, which has an effective strength of 242, requiring 121 MLAs for a majority, the RJD has the highest number of 79 MLAs followed by the BJP (77) and the JD(U) with 44.
The JD(U) is also supported by four MLAs from former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Hindustani Awam Morcha and one independent.
Congress has 19 MLAs while CPIML(L) has 12 and CPI and CPI(M) have two each.
Also, an MLA belongs to AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi.

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