In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, the Shiv Sena said that main purpose of Nitish’s resignation is to form an alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, which has won four seats in the general elections.

The editorial also said that any alliance between Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and RJD in Bihar would be immoral.

The outgoing chief minister has named Jitan Ram Manjhi, a Mahadalit from the most backward class, as his successor.

When asked for Manjhi’s selection as his successor, Kumar said, “He was experienced and his contribution to the party was immense."  

The name of 68-year-old Dalit leader, Kumar said, was approved by JD (U) president Sharad Yadav and state party chief Basistha Narayan Singh.

Senior minister Narendra Singh, whose name was initially doing the rounds as a replacement, also supported Manjhi as the successor of Nitish.

Manjhi was SC and ST Minister in Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government.

The effective strength of the House at present is 239. The JD (U) has 117 members, BJP 90, RJD 21, Congress 4 and others including one independent and 7 CPI members.

The Congress, which voted for Nitish Kumar-led government in the trust motion in June last year, has authorised party high command to decide on the future course of action.

Nitish had earlier said that though there was no shortage of numbers for him, he had taken moral responsibility for the defeat and it was a matter of principle for him and the right thing to do.

(JPN)

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