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Hit by Narendra Modi wave, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigns

Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 4:30pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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After the debacle of JD(U) in the Lok Sabha Elections yesterday and the BJP-LJP alliance's sweeping win, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar has resigned from his post. Kumar, who at one point was seen as challenge to Narendra Modi's prime ministerial ambition, has been facing internal revolt with growing number of party members speaking out against him.

JD(U) had broken off with BJP after Modi was declared BJP's prime ministerial candidate. Yesterday's result has come as a shocker to the former BJP ally. Modi's current ally Lok Janshakti Party(LJP) on Saturday demanded resignation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the wake of his party JD(U)'s Lok Sabha election rout in the state. 

"The Nitish Kumar government will fall on its own in the next 2-3 months and the people will have to give a fresh mandate for a good state government by October-November this year," LJP president Ramvilas Paswan predicted. "Nitish Kumar should resign soon on moral grounds after the major debacle of his party in the polls," LJP parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan said today.

Actor-turned-politician Chirag is son of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan. "It is clear Nitish Kumar has lost the confidence of the people," Chirag, who won from Jamui, said.

Later, addressing a press conference, Ram Vilas Paswan reiterated that the Nitish Kumar government would fall within two to three months and mid-term assembly polls would be held in October-November this year. "Nitish Kumar government will not last long," he said. Ram Vilas Paswan said that thanks to the Modi wave, people of Bihar got rid of two leaders -- Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad. He said LJP is not worried about cabinet berths in BJP-led NDA government of Narendra Modi. BJP won 22 seats, LJP six and another ally RLSP three of the 40 parliamentary seats from Bihar.

The ruling JD(U) won two seats, RJD four, Congress two and NCP one.

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(With agencies inputs)



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