Bihar political crisis highlights: Nitish Kumar's decision to join NDA may split JD(U) as Sharad Yadav calls for meeting

Bihar political crisis highlights: Nitish Kumar's decision to join NDA may split JD(U) as Sharad Yadav calls for meeting
  • 13:59 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav pulls out old Sushil Modi, Nitish Kumar tweets to take a dig in NDA govt

     

  • 13:55 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar leaves from Bihar Assembly after winning trust vote

  • 13:52 (IST)

    At least 10 RJD MLAs would have voted for us if there was secret ballot: Sushil Modi

    "An unnatural alliance died natural death," Sushil Modi said as he lauded Nitish for not 'bending the knee' to keep the alliance alive. He said that the RJD was seeking vote through secret ballot but if that would have happened "then at least 10-12 people from RJD would have crossed over to our side," Modi said.  

  • 13:30 (IST)

    JD(U) MLAs celebrate outside Assembly

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  • 13:28 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav questions Nitish Modi's intention, says Sushil Modi too has FIR against him

    Tejashwi said that the people of the Bihar are feeling cheated, adding that RJD will take the fight to every village. He said, "I asked many questions to the CM but he had no answers. Will he now pass a law with the BJP that every person who has an FIR should resign from public office? Will he bring liquor ban across the nation" Tejashwi asked. He said that Sushil Modi too had a case against him, how is it that he is fit to be deputy chief minister in Nitish's eye then. 

  • 13:23 (IST)

    Tejashwi was just an excuse, Nitish plotted to bring down government: Tejashwi Yadav

  • 13:21 (IST)

    Bihar had to see four governments in four years, only because of one man: Tejashwi Yadav

    Tejashwi Yadav blamed Nitish Kumar for bringing insatbility to Bihar. He said that if Nitish had to make the government with BJP's support why did he waste so much time and public funds on election. 

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar did all the drama to sit in the lap of RSS-BJP: Tejashwi Yadav

  • 13:18 (IST)

    Bihar's people feel cheated; Nitish has hurt everyone: Tejashwi Yadav after Nitish wins trust vote

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Sushil Modi thanks RJD, Congress for making him Dy CM

    "I should ththankful to RJD and Congress. I wouldn't have been here if Tejashwi Yadv would have resigned. The mandate was not for corruption and building 26 benami properties in 26 years." said Sushil Kumar Modi.

  • 13:13 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar wins trust vote, gets 131 votes against 108

    Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar won the trust vote with the support of 131 MLAs against Opposition's 108 votes. 122 votes were needed to cross the half-way mark in the 243-member Assembly.  

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Bihar trust to vote take place through division of vote

  • 12:58 (IST)

    Decided to quit in interest of Bihar; mandate was to serve  people not one family

    "My decision to quit was taken in the interest of Bihar. We had the mandate to serve the people, not one particular family," Nitish said.  

  • 12:51 (IST)

    Secularism no justification for corruption: Nitish Kumar

  • 12:49 (IST)

    Congress would not have got 15 seats; I gave them 40: Nitish Kumar

    Not sparing the ertwhile junior partner in alliance, Nitish Kumar said that given the Congress' party's situation in the country, they would not have had got 15 seats in any coallition. "I gave them 40 seats," Nitish said. 

  • 12:47 (IST)

    Power given to serve people, not to amass wealth: Nitish Kumar's barbs on RJD corruption charges

    After Tejashwi Yadav's livid speech, Nitish Kumar rose to address the House. He said that he tried very hard to run a government but RJD never followed the coallition dharma. 

    "They protected Shahabuddin, the never explained corruption cases agaist them. The coallition broke because of their corruption not because of me," Nitish said. 

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar addresses House, promises point by point rebuttal of all accusations

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Meanwhile... Nitish Kumar maintains calm

    From a saap (snake) to dhokebaaz (deciever), Nitish Kumar has been called names and taunted for his political volte-face by the Opposition. However, the Bihar Chief Minister has maintained his calm, without showing any signs of retort. Nitish is known to speak with carefully chosen words and avoid making personal attacks. 

  • 12:29 (IST)

    BJP's Nand Kishore Yadav hits back at Tejashwi, tells him his post a byproduct of dynasty politics

    Hitting back at Tejashwi Yadav, Yadav reminded Tejashwi that he was not the deputy chief minister due to his calibre, but due to Lalu's 'putra moh'. 

    "If Lalu Prasad didn’t have ‘putra moh’, Abdul Bari Siddiqui would have been Bihar deputy chief minister," Yadav said. 

  • 12:22 (IST)

    You conduct 'Champaran Yatra' and then sit in the lap of Mahatma Gandhi's killers: Tejashwi Yadav

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     Nitish Kumar should feel ashamed that he is sitting near Sushil Modi, says Tejashwi Yadav 

  • 12:16 (IST)

    RJD calls Nitish RSS's chief minister

    "He cheated and betrayed the people of the state who gave him massive mandate. He played dirty politics. He just looked for an excuse to defame us and join the NDA", Tejashwi Yadav said before entering the House.

    "Everyone can see how he switched sides. Earlier he used to speak of Sangh-mukt Bharat and now he is the chief minister of the Sangh. He has changed his stand from 'Hey Ram' to 'Jai Shri Ram'." He also told reporters that he would raise the issue inside the House. He accused the BJP of corruption charges.

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav concludes 41-minute-long charged speech, BJP's Nand Kishore Yadav to hit back next 

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    Sushil Kumar Modi too is facing cases, why did Nitish side with him: Tejashwi Yadav

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Floor test begins in Bihar Assembly

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Floor test begins in Bihar Assembly

  • 11:58 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav questions timing of Modi's tweet, alleges Nitish used him as pawn

    Tejashwi Yadav alleged that Nitish Kumar was in cahoots with the BJP since months while he was only used as a pawn and an excuse to justify the flip-flop. He said that how was it possible that Narendra Modi tweeted so quickly when the prime minister doesn't seem to be so quick in responding to other political matters. 

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Could have considered resigning if Nitish Kumar would have asked: Tejashwi

    Tejashwi Yadav is taking on Nitish Kumar in the Bihar Assembly ahead of the floor test.

    "Nitish is still my uncle. I would have even considered resigning if he would have asked. But he had preplanned everything and was just waiting to betray us," Tejashwi said. 

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Ruckus in Bihar Assembly

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    Nitish got less seats than us and lost 2014 elections badly, where was his image then, asks Tejashwi

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    People have  suffered greatly under Nitish: Tejashwi

    Firing fresh salvos at his erstwhile ally and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav today claimed that people hav suffered greatly under Nitish Raj. He said that Nitish couldn't dare to sack me even with a 'greedy BJP' behind him. 

  • 11:28 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav seeks 40 minutes in Assembly to speak

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    Ruckus inside Bihar assembly after a livid Tejashwi says Nitish should be ashamed : CNN-News 18

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    Bihar Assembly Speaker bars live broadcast of trust vote

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    RJD demands a secret ballot amid calls for vote of conscience by both camps

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    Game of Numbers
     

    • Total Strength of Bihar Assembly : 243
    • Half-way Mark : 122
    • JD(U) : 71
    • NDA : 58
    • RJD : 80 
    • ​Congress : 27

    While JD(U)+NDA is expected to sail through the trust vote as they claim to have the support of 132 MLAs, discontent among JD(U) cannot be ruled out. RJD has also appealed to the Muslim and Yadav MLAs from BJP and JD(U) to vote listening to the call of their conscience. The party has warned the NDA of a stormy Assembly session, claiming that they won't let a governent that had 'murdered the mandate' function in the House. 
     

  • 11:00 (IST)

    Patna HC to hear RJD's plea against Nitish trust vote on Monday

  • 10:59 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav reaches Bihar Assembly

  • 10:56 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar turned out to be a snake: Tejashwi Yadav

    Former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav today hit out at Nitish Kumar calling him a snake who betrayed his party's trust and used them to gain power. RJD MLAs also held protests outside the Vidhansabha, with placards reading "Murderers of democracy". 

    Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi also reached the Assembly, who were booed at by the Opposition MLAs.

  • 10:49 (IST)

    Lalu Yadav in touch with BJP JD(U) dissenters, spoke to Sharad Yadav yesterday, claims RJD

    RJD has appealed to the Muslim and Yadav MLAs from BJP and JD(U) to vote listening to the call of their conscience. The party has warned the NDA of a stormy Assembly session, claiming that they won't let a governent that had 'murdered the mandate' function in the House. 

  • 10:45 (IST)

    In Pictures: Bihar Opposition MLAs protesting outside Bihar Assembly

  • 10:42 (IST)

    Sushil Modi reaches Vidhan Sabha, quashes RJD claims that BJP MLAs may cross-vote

  • 10:40 (IST)

    RJD, Congress MLAs protest 'murder of mandate' outside Bihar Assembly

  • 10:34 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar reaches Bihar Assembly ahead of floor test

  • 10:28 (IST)

    The story of Bihar so far

    - Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will take the floor test today at 11 am.

    - The 'reunited' NDA claims to have the support of 132 legislators in the 243-member assembly. Nitish Kumar needs 122 votes to win today's trust vote.

    -  Unrest boils in JD(U) ranks with several leaders openly declaring discontent over Nitish's decision to join forces with 'communal BJP.

    -  Sharad Yadav reportedly unhappy with Nitish's decision. He met Rahul Gandhi on Thursday and met JD(U) leaders, reportedly unhappy with the new alliance. 

    -  News reports say that dissent within Congress is brewing as local leaders blame Rahul Gandhi for not doing enough. Several MLAs may cross-vote in favour of Nitish.

    -  JD(U) declares support for Opposition's vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi despite joining hands with NDA  

  • 10:19 (IST)

    Game of numbers: JD(U) may get boost from Congress defectors

    Amid reports of widespread resentment in Bihar Congress, CNN-News18 reported that several Congress MLAs may vote for JD(U).

    The RJD too, on the other claimed support of Left MLAs and independents. Moreover, the party is also "banking on conscience vote of six Muslim and 11 Yadav MLAs within the JD(U)," Hindustan Times reported. 

  • 10:05 (IST)

    In-post Vajpayee BJP, will Bihar CM be able to blend in with Narendra Modi's ideology?

    After days of speculations, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar has embraced the once estranged ally BJP, marking his Ghar Vapasi to NDA. 

    The secular image which he has fostered through the months might not resonate with the Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP. By jumping on the BJP bandwagon yet again and breaking an alliance which was considered as a marriage of equals, Nitish will now have to play second-fiddle to the BJP and demonstrate a greater readiness to accept its terms and conditions than he did before.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday, but hours later joined hands with the BJP to reclaim the government in a stunning political manoeuvre that relegated his alliance partner RJD to the opposition.

The ostensible reason for Kumar to quit was his falling out with Deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, the son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad. Yadav is facing corruption charges but had refused to step down despite Kumar's exhortations.

"In the circumstances that prevail in Bihar, it became difficult to run the grand alliance government," Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan after submitting his resignation to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.

But in a series of fast paced developments that unfolded over the next few hours it became clear that Kumar was going to be the ultimate winner. First, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for his "honesty" in standing up to corruption. Then the BJP said it would support him, and its legislators met Kumar's JD(U) MLAs. After the meeting, Kumar, accompanied by senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi drove to Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the government.

Modi later told journalists that a list of 132 MLAs supporting the alliance was submitted to the governor who has invited Kumar to form the government. These include 71 of JD(U), BJP 53, RLSP 2, LJP 2, HAM 1 and three Independents.

He said the swearing-in ceremony will be held at 10 am tomorrow. It would be Kumar's 6th term as chief minister.

The JD(U)-BJP combine will now return to power after four years in the politically volatile state. Prodded by Kumar, the JD(U) had walked out of the NDA in July 2013 after Narendra Modi was nominated head of the BJP's campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

However, in no mood to give up without a fight, Tejashwi Yadav earlier said the RJD being the single largest party in the state would stake claim to form the government.

"Have sought appointment with the governor. Will stake claim to form government as the the single largest party. Will also get the support of JD(U) MLAs who have won after defeating BJP candidates," Tejashwi tweeted.

However, the numbers are stacked against him. The JD(U), BJP, their allies and supporting independent MLAs together account for 132 seats in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, 10 more than the magic figure of 122.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with senior leader of BJP Sushil Kumar Modi at legislators meeting in Patna on Wednesday. PTI

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with senior leader of BJP Sushil Kumar Modi at legislators meeting in Patna on Wednesday. PTI

RJD has 81 MLAs and even if Congress with 27 MLAs and CPI-ML (03) decide to back Tejashwi, their number would add up to 110.

Reacting sharply to the governor inviting Nitish Kumar for the swearing-in at 10 am after giving him an appointment for 11 am, Tejashwi said RJD would stage a dharna outside Raj Bhavan against it.

"Governor gv us time of 11AM and now suddenly has asked NDA for oath ceremony at 10AM. Why so much hurry & rush Mr. Honest & Moral?" he tweeted well past midnight.

"If Nitish Ji is proud of his moral values & honesty, He would not had been in midnight rush to stake claim for govt. Honest man doesn't fear," he said in a series of tweets.

He claimed half of JD(U) MLAs were in touch with him which forced Kumar to rush to Raj Bhavan at midnight to stake claim to form the government.

Earlier, citing irreconcilable differences with the senior ally over corruption charges against Tejashwi, son of Lalu Prasad, Kumar announced his resignation after meeting Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi, hours after the RJD supremo rejected outright the demand for his son's ouster.

Kumar's resignation capped days of stand-off between his party JD(U) and the RJD, with the former insisting that Tejashwi defend himself against the allegations.

Tensions simmered between the two alliance partners ever since the CBI registered a case against Lalu Prasad, his wife and former chief minister Rabri devi and son Tejashwi in a land-for-hotels case.

The offence was allegedly committed when Lalu was the railway minister in the UPA government. He was allegedly instrumental in handing over the maintenance of two hotels of Indian Railways-owned PSU ICRTC to two Patna businessmen in return for a prime plot of land in the Bihar capital where his family is now constructing a shopping mall.

As suspense mounted over Kumar's next step following his resignation, BJP quickly seized upon the opportunity to reunite with its old ally, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising Kumar for "joining the fight against corruption", saying the entire nation supports his honesty.

Kumar responded quickly tweeting: "I thank the prime minister from the core of my heart for praising my decision (of quitting)."

The state and central BJP leadership swiftly got in touch and Sushil Kumar Modi, who was Kumar's deputy when the two parties ran a coalition government, said his party was not in favour of a mid-term election.

Modi said BJP has decided to back the JD(U) leader in forming the next government and will be a part of it.

The development has left Tejashwi out of the government, and his father emasculated, at least for now. Also, the Congress, part of the grand alliance, stands diminished politically.

Earlier, after putting in his papers, Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan he had favoured opposition unity but that was not possible when it only had a "reactive agenda".

"I favoured opposition unity...but what kind of opposition unity was going to be there...there was no discourse, no agenda. Having a reactive agenda will not do," he said.

"Needs can be met, but not greed," he said, apparently referring to graft charges against Tejashwi and other members of Lalu Prasad's family.

Kumar also said that while supporting demonetisation he had called for a crackdown on benami properties and that he cannot back out now.

Several members of Lalu Prasad's family, including his MP daughter Misa Bharti and son-in-law Shailesh Kumar, are embroiled in cases related to possessing benami properties (immovable properties not registered in the name of the real owners) bought with tainted money.

 

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Published Date: Jul 27, 2017 07:36 pm | Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 01:59 pm


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