By Syed Ubaidur Rahman
Patna: The inevitable seems to have happened. After bitter controversy following CBI raid on Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav and the corruption charges that followed, Nitish Kumar has resigned as Bihar Chief Minister. While there were rumors doing the rounds in this regard for the last several weeks, many people were thinking that things will be sorted out sooner than later.
This is rather very abrupt. With the fall of Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) government, another citadel of the opposition parties, who are opposed to the BJP and RSS ideology, has fallen.
While this is not clear if the state will go to the BJP, but if presidential rule is imposed in the state, it will be an indirect BJP government. The BJP will handpick a governor as its choice to rule the state for as long as it can extend the presidential rule in the third most populous state in the country.
Lalu Prasad Yadav, the RJD chieftain has said that his party will approach the governor and stake claim to form the government on the basis of being the single largest party in the state.
Prasad said that Nitish Kumar seems to have an understanding with the BJP and he may try to form the government in the state. Nonetheless, he said his plan will never succeed.
On the other hand, the he Congress party, part of the now dismantled Mahagathbandhan expressed disappointment over the resignation of Nitish Kumar and said it will continue to strive to resolve the differences in the ‘grand alliance’.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the ‘grand alliance’ was given a mandate for five years and the Congress will strive to respect that.
Surjewala who like all other Congress leaders, looked disappointed by the development said, “We are deeply disappointed by the news of resignation of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. We, in the Congress party, particularly Congress president and party vice president have great respect and affection for Nitish Kumar”.
Earlier, while talking to the media, after tendering his resignation, Nitish said, “It’s not possible to work in such circumstances. I tried to save Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) to the best of my abilities. Had talks with both Lalu and Tejashwi…I never asked anyone for resignation. But I did ask them to explain the corruption charges against them. Even that explanation did not come”.
He went on to add, “I had no option but to quit as Bihar CM. In taking this decision, I have listened to my conscience…So many accusations have been levelled against me. But I kept working,” Nitish said, adding, “When I supported demonetisation and actions against benami property I was accused of tilting towards NDA…How could I support benami property allegations against Tejashwi? I asked him to explain if there was a conspiracy to frame him. Since he and Lalu didn’t explain anything, I had no option but to step down”.