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Bihar crisis: Setback for Jitan Ram Manjhi as Nitish Kumar parades 130 MLAs

New JD(U) Legislature Party leader Nitish Kumar today staked claim to form government in Bihar before Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi…

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JD(U) senior leader Nitish Kumar addressing MLAs after he was elected new leader of JD(U) Legislature Party in Bihar Assembly, in Patna. PTI
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JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav greeting Nitish Kumar after he was elected new leader of JD(U) Legislature Party in Bihar Assembly, in Patna on Saturday. PTI

New JD(U) Legislature Party leader Nitish Kumar today staked claim to form government in Bihar before Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi, parading 130 MLAs in his support.

Nitish Kumar, RJD President Lalu Prasad and his JD(U) counterpart Sharad Yadav travelled in the same car to the Raj Bhawan.

“We have told the Governor that all the MLAs are present here with their identity cards…. We are ready to prove our majority within the deadline the Governor decides,” Nitish Kumar said.

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JD(U) senior leader Nitish Kumar addressing MLAs after he was elected new leader of JD(U) Legislature Party in Bihar Assembly, in Patna on Saturday. PTI

Altogether 130 MLAs including from JD(U), RJD, Congress, CPI legislators and an Independent MLA, marched behind the three leaders and waited outside the Raj Bhawan shouting slogans in favour of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad.
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The leaders arrived at Raj Bhawan 15 minutes after Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi left the Governor’s House after attending the swearing-in of Chief Information Commissioner Ashok Kumar Sinha.

Jitan Ram Manjhi parried questions of mediapersons and left for his residence.

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