"It's an attempt to emotionally blackmail JD(U) MLAs majority of whom are in rebellious mood due to high-handedness of the chief minister," former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said. (Agencies)
He alleged that Nitish Kumar did not give any categorical reply when asked about what he would do if JD (U) MLAs in its Legislature Party meeting scheduled on Sunday asks him to continue to lead the government.
Nitish had enacted such drama in the past also when he resigned from Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government over Gaisal train accidents in 1999 to join the ministry again within a few months, Modi alleged.
Reacting to Kumar's claim of having the people's mandate for five years, Modi said that it was not only for JD (U) but for the JD (U)-BJP coalition.
JD (U)'s crushing defeat in Lok Sabha elections for 'betraying' the mandate has proved this, Modi added.
The BJP leader attacked Kumar on his claims of high moral ground and ideology in politics saying, "A person who is running the government with the help of Congress and CPI against whom he has fought all along and does not have any right to talk about ideology and principle."
We are watching the situation: Lalu
Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is watching the political situation in Bihar after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar submitted his resignation to Governor DY Patil.
"Just like everybody I have also come to know about his resignation. I did not ask him to resign. The people have rejected him. Nothing is clear as of now, so we are watching the situation," Lalu told reporters at his 10, Circular Road residence.
"What JD (U) will do, whether the Governor will accept Kumar's resignation, whether this will lead to fresh elections or bypolls, everything is unclear. So I cannot say anything about the situation. We are just keeping a watch on it," he said.
Lalu said that Nitish had taken moral responsibility just like Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi after poor performance in the Lok Sabha Polls.
"Kumar has also travelled all around in the state and realised that there has been communalization of votes," he said.
Lalu said that he had called a meeting of party legislators on May 19 to discuss the political situation in the state.
"It's an attempt to emotionally blackmail JD(U) MLAs majority of whom are in rebellious mood due to high-handedness of the chief minister," former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said.