PATNA(PTI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that the Bihar political crisis has a constitutional aspect to it, adding that the majority numbers to stake a claim towards government formation has to be proved on the floor of the state assembly.
The BJP was reacting to Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar’s meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking his reinstitution as state chief minister at the earliest.
“The crisis in Bihar government has constitutional aspects to it. The Governor is also considering the constitutional aspects of it. They [Nitish and his allied MLAs] can meet the President, but even he will take a decision keeping in mind the constitutional aspect. The constitutional arrangement is that the confidence or no-confidence vote can be done only on the floor of the house,” BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI.
Nitish, who wanted an invitation from Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to form a new government in the state after he was elected the leader of JD (U) Legislature Party, had earlier called for a democratic process to be followed in the state.
Jitan Ram Manjhi, who has refused to resign as the Bihar Chief Minister, was earlier expelled from the JD (U) by party chief Sharad Yadav.
The action against Manjhi, who had earlier on Sunday met Prime Minister Modi in the national capital, came after the JD (U) accused him of anti-party activities.