PATNA(WEB TEAM): In a dramatic turn of events in Patna on Saturday, the Janata Dal (United) expelled rebel Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi from the party and appointed Nitish Kumar as the chief of Bihar legislative party.
Earlier in the day, Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi appealed to governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to dissolve the state assembly in the wake of the political deadlock in the state.
State finance minister Bijendra Yadav said Jitan Ram Manjhi proposed dissolution of Bihar assembly at the Cabinet meeting, getting the support of 7 ministers, and opposed by 21 pro-Nitish Kumar ministers.
The Bihar governor accepted CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s recommendation to sack P K Shahi and Rajiv Ranjan Singh ‘Lallan’.
Manjhi had sent a recommendation to Keshari Nath Tripathi to sack the two state cabinet ministers, who are reportedly close to Nitish Kumar and are also supporting the removal of Manjhi from his chief ministerial post.
Earlier, Manjhi, who has been defying the party leadership’s directive of resigning, drove to the residence of his mentor Nitish Kumar with whom he has been locked in tussle.
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, who has called a meeting of JD(U) legislature party later in the day, was also present.
Senior pro-Manjhi ministers Narendra Singh and Brishen Patel accompanied the chief minister in his car.
This meeting came at a time when speculations are rife that Manjhi will be sacked by the Janata Dal (United), with a view of reinstating Nitish Kumar to the top post.Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is likely to resign soon, say sources, clearing the way for Nitish Kumar’s planned return to the post that he quit in May last year. Mr Manjhi, who was hand-picked by Mr Kumar, had earlier refused to make way for his boss. The two met today amid attempts at a patch-up.
Nitish Kumar, who had resigned as the chief minister owning responsibility for his party getting only two of Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats, had handpicked Manjhi to take his place.