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Updated January 28th, 2024 at 16:59 IST

RJD Leaders Protest Against Nitish Kumar’s Resignation | Watch

RJD leaders protesting against Nitish Kumar in Raghopur, expressed discontent over the abrupt shift in alliances.

Isha Bhandari
Watch: RJD Leaders Protest Against Nitish Kumar’s Resignation
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New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Sunday submitted his resignation to Governor Rajendra V Arlekar on Sunday, triggering protests and significant political realignments. Protestors performed a mock funeral procession for Nitish Kumar

RJD leaders protesting against Nitish Kumar in Raghopur, expressed discontent over the abrupt shift in alliances. 

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Nitish Kumar’s Exit as Bihar Chief Minister 

Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar accepted Nitish Kumar's resignation, appointing him as the caretaker CM until a new government is formed.

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Accompanied by senior JD(U) minister Bijendra Yadav, Nitish Kumar, in his fifth political flip-flop in a decade, exited the alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD). 

Subsequently, Nitish Kumar staked a claim to form a new government with the support of his former ally, the BJP.

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"I have resigned as Chief Minister and ended this government," Nitish Kumar explained to reporters, citing difficulties in working with the alliance. 

Nitish Kumar referenced the INDI alliance and criticized its effectiveness, signaling a setback for the Opposition bloc ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

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Congress Reacts to Nitish Kumar’s Exit 

Nitish Kumar's decision drew swift reactions, with Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge acknowledging the expected move and remarking, “There are many people in the country like 'Aaya Ram-Gaya Ram'.”

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The BJP, which had previously closed its doors to Nitish Kumar, reversed its stance, with BJP MLAs unanimously backing the proposal for a BJP-JDU government. 

BJP general secretary Vinod Tawde announced Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary as the party's leader in the Assembly, indicating a potential Deputy Chief Minister position for Choudhary and JDU's Vijay Sinha.

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The new government is poised to include ministers from JDU, BJP, and Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular). 

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Published January 28th, 2024 at 16:59 IST

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