All JD (U) MLAs insisted that Kumar should continue, but Nitish Kumar refused to do so and sought time till Monday. (Agencies)
Several legislators even threatened to sit on dharna if he refused to withdraw his resignation, party spokesman Sanjay Singh told reporters on a day of fast-paced political developments.
A meeting of the JD(U) Legislature Party has been called again tomorrow, Singh said.
Though the timing of the meeting has not been decided, legislators have been told to be in the town, MLC Neeraj Kumar said.
Even as JD(U) MLAs were holding a meeting, a BJP delegation met Governor DY Patil and asked him to insist on a parade of individual MLAs and written support of all supporting parties if Nitish Kumar again staked claim to form government in the state.
Political temperature in Bihar rose amidst reports of efforts at realignment of old 'Janata Parivar' with Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar coming together to form a strong government in Bihar to keep communal forces away from power.
There were reports of JD(U) President Sharad Yadav and even Nitish Kumar talking to Lalu Prasad. But, the RJD chief told reporters that these were ‘baseless and concocted’ and refused talking to either of them.
Earlier, RJD and Congress convened meetings of their legislators on Monday to discuss the emerging political scenario.
Meanwhile, the JD(U) legislature party has decided to take the final call on choosing a new leader on Monday in the wake of the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
JD(U) MLAs unanimously chose Nitish Kumar as their leader and insisted that he withdraw his resignation, but an emotional Kumar refused.
Accordingly, JD(U) legislature party meeting has been called again tomorrow, Singh said.
Nitish Kumar in his speech at the meeting said that his continuing as chief minister would be a loss for the party and insisted on not withdrawing his resignation.
Kumar said that he would devote more time to the party remaining out of power. He also said that rival BJP was making mockery of his resignation by describing it as ‘nautanki’ (drama). But, party legislators refused to buy his argument.
Earlier, senior Minister Narendra Singh proposed the name of Kumar as party leader in the Assembly and all MLAs supported it, JD(U) MLA Ashok Kumar said.
Name of no other leader as new leader was proposed in the meeting, he said.
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, reported to be not in favour of continuation of Kumar after severe drubbing in Lok Sabha polls, was present in the meeting which witnessed sloganeering in favour of Kumar.
Earlier during the day, Yadav faced stormy protest from Kumar's supporters for his stand outside the chief minister's house.
All JD (U) MLAs insisted that Kumar should continue, but Nitish Kumar refused to do so and sought time till Monday.