"Manjhi has called a meeting of his Cabinet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Though the agenda is not known, he may take some big decisions, including recommending dissolution of the state assembly," an official in the Chief Minister office said.

The development came a day after Manjhi insisted that he remained Chief Minister till he fails to prove his majority in the state Assembly.

A Janata Dal-United leader close to Manjhi, however, said he "may or may not recommend dissolution of the state Assembly, but by holding a Cabinet meeting, he wanted to send a strong massage that he is still a Chief Minister".

In the last Cabinet meeting on February 7 after senior Bihar Minister Narendra Singh had proposed dissolution of the Assembly, 21 of the 28 Ministers had walked out.

These Ministers were considered close to former chief minister Nitish Kumar. The battle lines have clearly been drawn as Manjhi, expelled from the ruling JD-U on Monday, sought to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly and his predecessor, Nitish Kumar, staking claim to form the government, accused Manjhi of "horse-trading".

Things came to a boil Monday when Nitish Kumar met Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi and formally staked claim to form the government.

He, along with 130 legislators of his JD-U, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Communist Party of India marched to Raj Bhavan.

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