28 Jan 2024

Bihar News: CM Nitish Kumar likely to hold meeting with Governor today amidst ongoing political unrest

In the midst of the ongoing political unrest in Bihar, sources suggest that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is expected to hold a meeting with the governor on Sunday.

Reportedly, Nitish has requested a meeting on Sunday morning and is anticipated to part ways from the Mahagathbandhan government, according to insider information.

While the Bihar CM has not revealed his future course of action, there are widespread speculations about a potential split between Mahagathbandhan and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar aligning with the NDA.

BJP scheduled to convene a meeting with its MLAs and MPs today

Notably, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is scheduled to convene a meeting with its MLAs and MPs in Patna on Sunday to formulate a strategy in response to the prevailing political developments in the state.

Grand alliance govt in Bihar on the brink of collapse: Tyagi

Simultaneously, K C Tyagi, the political adviser and spokesperson of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), conveyed to the media in Delhi that the grand alliance government in Bihar is teetering on the brink of collapse. He accused a faction of the Congress leadership of repeatedly 'insulting' Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Tyagi stated, "The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc is on the verge of collapse. The alliance among INDIA bloc parties is virtually dissolving in Punjab, West Bengal, and Bihar."

Following a meeting in Patna on Saturday, the state BJP leaders refrained from making any formal announcement regarding support to JD-U chief Nitish Kumar if he decides to withdraw from the Mahagathbandhan.

Sources within the BJP, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed that instructions from the top leadership have been received to withhold 'any formal announcement' until Nitish Kumar, who had parted ways with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) less than three years ago, tenders his resignation.

Nitish Kumar maintains silence

Nitish Kumar, despite the intensifying turmoil within the 'Mahagathbandhan,' has maintained a conspicuous silence, disregarding appeals from coalition partners RJD, Congress, and the Left to clarify the speculation surrounding his future moves.

In the 243-seat Bihar assembly, the RJD holds 79 MLAs, followed by BJP with 78, JD-U with 45, Congress with 19, CPI (M-L) with 12, and two each for CPI(M) and CPI. The Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and AIMIM have four and one MLA, respectively.

Among Bihar's 40 Lok Sabha members, the BJP has the highest with 17 MPs, followed by JD(U) with 16, and LJP, a former NDA ally now divided between Pashupati Kumar Paras and Chirag Paswan, holding six.

If Nitish Kumar switches sides, it would mark the fourth occasion he has changed political alliances.

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