1: 58 pm: I want a chance to serve the people of Bihar

1: 55 pm: I thank Shiv Sena for supporting JD(U) during the crisis

1: 54 pm: I thank Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, CPI, Congress for lending support : Nitish Kumar

1: 53 pm: Manjhi had support of only 12 members :  Nitish Kumar

1: 52 pm: BJP later realized that it was impossible disturb the tranquility within JD(U) :  Nitish Kumar

1:51 pm: It was my mistake to quit :  Nitish Kumar

1:50 pm: I apologies for quitting :  Nitish Kumar

1: 49 pm: Manjhi should have resigned and respected the view of our party:  Nitish Kumar

1: 48 pm: Manjhi is playing the “maha dalit card” :  Nitish Kumar

1: 47 pm:BJP left no stone unturned in their attempt : Nitish Kumar

1:46 pm: BJP's support for Manjhi out in open : Nitish Kumar

1:46 pm:Nitish Kumar to stake claim for Bihar government: Nitish Kumar

1:45 pm:Event's which took place today are unique in history: Nitish Kuamr

1:45 pm: Honourable speaker was embroiled in controversy: Nitish Kumar

1: 42 pm:
BJP  has written the script of all the drama which took place today: Nitish Kumar

1: 41 pm: Manjhi should have resigned before : Nitish Kumar

1:00 pm: What were the circumstances due to which Jitan Ram ji had to resign? Nitish Kumar needs to answer why this situation was reached: RP Rudy, BJP

12: 40 pm: BJP is still with MahaDalit samaaj, we will decide our further course of action as we go. We didnt want to be a part of the Govt: NK Yadav

12:37 pm: Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi's address to the joint session of Bihar Legislature cancelled.

12:05 pm: Nitish ji acted like 'Bhishma Pitamah', did not utter a word when I was not allowed to do any work: Jitan Ram Manjhi

12:03: pm: I could have proved majority as many JDU MLAs could have voted for me if they didn't have fear of cancellation of membership: Jitan Manjhi

12:01 pm: I suspect the conduct of the Speaker: Jitan Ram Manjhi

12:00 pm: My ministers and MLAs received death threats ahead of the trust vote: Jitan Ram Manjhi

11:14 am: Our stand has been vindicated, BJP game plan has been exposed: Nitish Kumar

11:00 am: Jitan Ram Mnajhi resigns from the post of Bihar CM

10:28 am: CM Jitan Ram Manjhi makes surprise visit to Raj Bhawan before start of joint session of Bihar Legislature.


"When it became apparent that Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary, who is acting on the direction of somebody will never allow secret ballot during confidence vote, I thought it will not be wise on my part to put my supporting MLAs in danger and resigned," Manjhi told reporters at his residence.

Returning from the Raj Bhawan after submitting his resignation, Manjhi did not go to the Assembly and instead held a press conference at his residence.     

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had asked the Speaker to choose between lobby division and secret ballot for the trust vote.

Read more: BJP targets Bihar Speaker, says he's acting like JD(U) leader

Manjhi claimed he had majority support of 140 MLAs, but thought of not to proceed ahead considering the threat of bloodshed and harassment of MLAs siding with him.

He said after submitting his resignation, he urged the Governor to take future decision in the best interest of the state.

All eight ministers, seven of JD(U) and one Independent, were by his side at the press conference.

He launched a blistering attack on Nitish Kumar and Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary.

Read more: Bihar crisis: Manjhi virtually dangles the carrot of Ministership for support

Manjhi claimed 40-52 JD(U) MLAs were in his favour "but due to fear of Nitish Kumar they did not want to be seen with me and when it became clear that there will be no secret ballot I thought I shall not put them in trouble and decided to quit."

He claimed that a large number of JD(U) MLAs visited his residence around 1 AM from backdoor from Nitish Kumar's residence. "There was fear on their faces and I thought I should not put them in trouble by exposing them to Nitish Kumar camp by going ahead with trust vote and decided to quit," he said.

 

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