Patna, 19 May-2014, (Indilens Web Team): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced Bihar SC/ST Welfare Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to be his successor.
Bihar gets its news Dalit Chief Minister as the successor of Nitish Kumar
Manjhi who is considered close to Kumar had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Gaya.
JD(U) working committee tells Nitish to decide next CM After confirming that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would indeed resign from his post, the JD(U) working committee has authorised him to choose his successor. The resignation of Bihar’s most successful Chief Minister comes on the back of the JD(U) being wiped out by the BJP in the state, a consequence that has been attributed to his decision to exit the NDA after Narendra Modi was elevated.
According to CNN-IBN, although there had been a clamour within the JD(U) for Nitish to reconsider his resignation, the Sharad Yadav camp had taken the position that once he had put down his papers he could not reverse his decision. There are four main names circulating for the job, that is Narendra Narayan Yadav, Bijendra Yadav, Bashistha Narayan Singh and Bijay Kumar Choudhary. The final decision is to be announced shortly. Nitish refuses to take back resignation Bihar will have a new chief minister chosen by Nitish Kumar who on Monday refused to take back his resignation despite repeated pleas by JD(U) legislators to continue in office.
Bihar JD(U) President Basistha Narayan Singh told newsmen after a crucial meeting of the JD(U) legislature party here that it was decided that Kumar would continue to lead the party and coordinate between the party and the state government. Time has been sought from Governor D Y Patil and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav, Kumar and he would go to the Raj Bhawan, Singh said. On the JD(U)LP meeting, the second on the issue since Sunday, he said the legislators accepted Kumar’s decision to stick to his decision to resign with a heavy heart and authorised him to choose a new leader to head the JD(U) government. He refused to provide any name as the next Chief minister and said Kumar had been authorised to decide it. “He (Kumar) will take a decision to select a new leader to become CM soon,” Singh, who was flanked by state minister Shyam Rajak and two MLCs and state party spokespersons Sanjay Singh and Neeraj Kumar, said. Singh said Sharad Yadav and JD(U) National General Secretary K C Tyagi were present at the meeting where he proposed the resolution accepting Kumar’s resignation and authorising him to choose a new leader. Senior minister Narendra Singh, whose name was initially doing the rounds as a replacement, seconded the resolution which was passsed unanimously by the JD(U) legislators. The resolution, he said, welcomed Kumar’s decision to resign taking moral responsbility for the party’s rout in the just concluded parliamentary polls in which it won only 2 of the 40 LS seats.