Friday marks the beginning of a new political landscape in Bihar, with chief minister Nitish Kumar facing the floor test in the state Assembly at 11 am on Friday.
Nitish had resigned as the chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday evening and stepped away from the Mahagathbandhan to join hands with BJP, in a bid to form a new government.
His decision received flak from both RJD and Congress, which were earlier in alliance with JD(U). They alleged that Nitish had kept them in the dark to hide his own wrongdoings. Tejashwi Yadav launched a series of attacks against the JD(U), since the RJD chief's son was stripped off his post as the deputy chief minister of Bihar. BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi replaced Tejashwi after taking the oath on Thursday.
Congress resorted to name-calling, as Anand Sharma claimed that Nitish had "always been a political opportunist". He also said that the JD(U)-BJP alliance was an "opportunistic coalition".
Nitish received criticism even from his own party. While Kerala JD(U) expressed that they would sever ties with the JD(U) chief, Sharad Yadav was reportedly not pleased with the decision to break the Grand Alliance. However, JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar said that their reservations should not be seen as a rebellion against the party as their feelings had been conveyed to Nitish.
On Thursday, RJD supporters launched an anti-Nitish protest in Patna, and threw stones at the threw stones at the district magistrate Harihar Prasad and police superintendent Aunsuiya Ransingh Sahu for attempting to remove the protesters.
RJD has also established that it would protest the Monsoon Session in the state Assembly, which also begins on Friday. Lalu might also further approach the Supreme Court to argue on the grounds on which Nitish was swore-in, since RJD is the largest party but was not invited to form the government.
Lalu also released affidavit detailing murder charge against the Bihar chief minister. Lalu had earlier mentioned Nitish's criminal cases, saying they were more serious than the corruption charges Tejashwi.
नीतीश के खिलाफ पब्लिक को गोली मारने का मामला है। स्वयं उसने affidavite में माना है। वह कंबल ओढ़ कर घी पी रहे है। पढ़िए pic.twitter.com/MUmOkKgV3q
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) July 27, 2017
Meanwhile, Congress is expected to reach out to Nitish over his status on support to vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, as Congress spokesman Randeep S Surjewala said the Bihar chief minister had "changed his leanings and dharma both".
Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 08:47 AM