Tejashwi Yadav and the RJD have doubled down on their claim that the current Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government must be immediately dismissed by the Governor of the state.
Citing the day's developments in Karnataka where BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the state's chief minister on account of his party, the BJP, being the largest in the state, and the Congress and JD(S), the second and third-largest respectively, not being invited to form a government despite claiming a majority, Tejashwi, the leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly has drawn an analogy to the circumstances under which the Mahagathbandhan alliance was broken in July 2017.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Tejashwi Yadav, a former deputy CM of Bihar and son of two former Bihar chief ministers, said that he had asked for an appointment with the Bihar Governor and would go to him on Friday with all supporting documents, ask for Nitish Kumar's government to be dismissed and for the biggest party, the RJD to be invited to form a government.
He put the onus on Nitish Kumar, saying "If he believes what happened in Karnataka is correct, he must step aside", otherwise there can't be a "heads I win, tails you lose scenario". He bolstered his attack by citing that Bihar had seen four governments in four years and that it hadn't been given special category status.
He also reiterated his rallying cry from Wednesday when he had asked all Opposition parties to come together and protest in Bengaluru, simultaneously citing that the NDA had broken up by giving the example of Jitan Ram Manjhi.
In the 2015 Bihar elections, the RJD had emerged the single-largest party with 80 seats while its pre-poll ally, the JD(D) had won 71 seats and their other ally, the Congress, had won 27 seats. On the other hand, the BJP had emerged as the third-largest party in the state with 53 seats.
However, in July last year, Nitish Kumar had resigned as Bihar CM over the corruption allegations that had mired the RJD and broken their alliance, forging a post-poll alliance with the BJP.
A parallel can be drawn with the results of the Karnataka Assembly elections where the BJP is the biggest party with 104 seats, 7 short of the half-way mark, and the Congress and JD(S) are touting that they hold 117 seats and intend to form a government led by the third-largest party, the JD(S).