Patna: The BJP declared that it was ready to quit the Nitish Kumar ministry in Bihar and sit in the opposition. "BJP ministers will resign and we are ready to sit in the opposition," senior BJP leader CP Thakur said.

Thakur said all BJP ministers were meeting at Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi's residence here."At this meeting a final decision will be taken to resign before or after the JD-U announces the end of the alliance," he said.

BJP ministers to skip Nitish’s Cabinet meet

Bihar BJP ministers have refused to attend a Cabinet meeting called by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday.

BJP state president Mangal Pandey said that there was no meaning in attending the Cabinet meeting when JD-U leaders were trying to lure other legislators in a bid to form their own government. Nitish Kumar has called an emergency Cabinet meeting at 11.30 am on Sunday.

The JD-U and BJP, who have been allies for some 17 years, are at loggerheads over the BJP's decision to give a larger role to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

JD-U spokesman Rajiv Ranjan said that the BJP's decision to boycott the Cabinet meeting was unfortunate. "The BJP ministers are violating their constitutional duty and making it clear that they want to end the alliance," he said.

He said BJP ministers had earlier stopped attending their office and returned the official vehicles although the alliance with the JD-U, despite mounting tensions, was still in force.

JD-U MP Shivanand Tiwari said, "Only a formal announcement of partying of ways is to be made. We have already taken the decision."

JD-U president Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar met on Saturday night in Patna to assess the situation.

"The alliance is over," another JD-U leader said. According to JD-U sources, Sharad Yadav is likely to resign as the NDA's national convener at 3 pm.

BJP leaders are also meeting here at 12.30 pm.


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