Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar CM Live Updates: In a major announcement today, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has resigned from his post. The Janata Dal United leader took this step barely hours after both alliance partner RJD supremo Lalu Yadav and his son and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav saying that Nitish had not asked the Dy CM to quit in the wake of corruption charges being slapped on him as well as the other members of the Yadav family. Notably, Tejashwi, speaking to the media today had said that Nitish actually wanted a Sangh free India. Also, this comes just a day after Nitish was honoured by the BJP led NDA government when it provided him a seat in the front row during the oath taking ceremony of Ram Nath Kovind. Also, just days before this, Nitish had driven to Congress VP Rahul Gandhi’s house for a meeting. Here are the Live Updates as they happen:
04:15 AM: I am hopeful that JDU MLAs will vote for us during the trust vote in the Assembly, Times Now quoted Tejashwi Yadav saying.
04:00 AM: Kis muh se ye shapat lene ka kaam karenge? Inka murder ka case chal raha hai (How take he take oath as the Chief Minister when there is murder case pending against him) : Tejashwi Yadav on Nitish Kumar swearing in ceremony today.
03: 50 AM: I appeal to the Governor to postpone the swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar, Times Now quoted Tejashwi Yadav saying.
03: 40 AM: Tejashwi Yadav also questioned that why are all JDU MLAs locked up inside his residence? If he is so confident go for elections, he added.
03:30 AM: Tejashwi Yadav also told media that RJD, Congress and all those who oppose BJP-RSS and Nitish Kumar will protest, hold dharnas and burn effigies if the Governor allows him to form government today.
03: 20 AM: On what ground is he questioning us. He himself is tainted, he is accused under section 302, said Tejashwi Yadav.
03:10 AM: We repeatedly asked Governor to ask us to prove majority, we even cited the Bommai case: Tejashwi Yadav told media after meeting Governor. “Each development seemed planned it was all pre-decided. Why was everything so rushed?” he added.
03:00 AM: After Tejashwi Yadav’s meeting with Keshri Nath Tripathi, Times Now has reported that Bihar Governor will hold consultations with legal experts and will arrive at a decision before 10 am.
02: 50 AM: RJD has 81 MLAs and even if Congress with 27 MLAs and CPI-ML (03) decide to back Tejashwi, their number would add up to 110. However, Indian Today has said that RJD claims to have backing of several JDU MLAs.
02: 40 AM: While Tejashwi Yadav and other RJD MLAs are meeting with the Governor, party members waiting outside can be seen raising slogan against Nitish Kumar and have said that if the Governor does not allow us to prove majority, they will go out to the people who have elected them to power, reported Aaj Tak.
02:30 AM: According to ANI, Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has invited Tejashwi Yadav and 5 RJD MLAs for discussion.
02:20 AM: Tejashwi Yadav marches towards Raj Bhavan along with other RJD members. Speaking to ANI, he said, “I’ve been defamed. People of Bihar are watching. Being the largest party we should have been invited to form government in Bihar.”
02:02 AM: The numbers are, however, stacked against Tejashwi Yadav. The JDU and NDA allies together have 132 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, 10 more than the magic figure of 122.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 26, 2017
01: 55 AM: According to Aaj Tak report, Tejashwi Yadav along with other RJD leaders is planning to march towards Governor’s house in sometime to protest against the offer given to JDU and BJP to form government. He claimed that for being the single largest party in state, RJD should have been given the chance to form government.
01: 50 AM: Tejashwi Yadav also claimed that half of JDU MLAs are in his touch and that is why he said Nitish Kumar is rushing to Raj Bhawan in midnight. “Listen the inner voice of ur MLAs also,” he added.
01: 45 AM: If not called for being the single largest party in the state, RJD has threatened to stage a Dharna outside Governor’s house, said Tejashwi Yadav in a tweet.
01: 40 AM: Governor invited us for oath ceremony at 10 am today. 2 people to take oath – Nitish Kumar as CM, Sushil Modi as Deputy CM: BJP leader Nityanand Rai told ANI.
01: 35 AM: We have submitted a letter with support of 132 MLAs. We have been given the time of 10 am, today, for swearing in: Sushil Modi to ANI.
01:30 AM: Speaking on the entire issue, RJD leader Manoj Jha said, “Sangh se nikle, Sangh ki shakha mein hi pahunch gaye. Tejashwi ek bahana tha unhe BJP ki godd mein jana tha. (Nitish once again went into Sangh. Tejashwi’s issue was just an excuse, he was bound to get back into the lap of Sangh.)
01: 25 AM: Lalu Prasad also blammed PM Narendra Modi behind the breaking of grand alliance. He told PTI, “There is the involvement of Narendra Modi in all this. Nitish has slapped the people of Bihar and now people like Sushil Modi (a top state BJP leader and former deputy chief minister) are eager to form government with JDU.”
01: 10 AM: Hitting back at Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav has been consistently expressing his grief over Twitter. He has once again wrote, “Governor gave us time of 11 AM and now suddenly has asked NDA for oath ceremony at 10AM. Why so much hurry and rush Mr. Honest and Moral?”
01: 05 AM: He further wrote: “If Nitish Ji is proud of his moral values and honesty, he would not had been in midnight rush to stake claim for government. Honest man doesn’t fear.”
01: 00 AM: In a recent tweet, Tejashwi Yadav wrote: “Nitish Ji if you have belief in your morality and honesty then why have you caged JDU MLAs in your house. Free them and they wil tell ur morality rate.
12: 55 AM: According to PTI, Lalu has also slammed Nitish Kumar for seeking explanation from Tejashwi over graft charges against him, saying “We will give the documents to CBI. Who are they to ask for it? Has Tejashwi engaged in any act of corruption as a minister in Bihar?”
12: 45 AM: According to a PTI report, BJP has handed over to Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi the letter extending support to Nitish Kumar for forming the next government.
12: 35 AM: 12: 35 AM: Tejashwi Yadav along with RJD MLAs will meet Bihar Governor KN Tripathi at 11 am to stake claims, reports ANI.
12: 30 AM: According to Times Now sources, not just Nitish Kumar, but around 14 MLAs each from JDU and BJP are likely to swear-in as ministers tomorrow.
12: 25 AM: Governor must invite us to form government, India Today quoted the RJD chief Lalu Prasad saying.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 26, 2017
12: 20 AM: According to a PTI report, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that the decision of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to resign from his post must have been taken after due consideration.
12: 15 AM: “Whatever is happening is good for Bihar. We were uncomfortable with this alliance. It was an unnatural alliance which came to an end naturally,” Alok said further.
12: 10 AM: “We were not able to do many of the things that we wanted to do due to alliance compulsions,” Times Now quoted JDU leader Ajay Alok saying.
12: 05 AM: Speaking about Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi’s meeting with the Governor, BJP leader Prem Kumar told ANI, “Taking letter of support to Governor to stake claim for forming government.”
12:02 AM: Taking to Twitter, Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav has recently informed that he has asked the Bihar Governor for time to meet. Being the largest party, we will stake claim to from government, he wrote. Tejashwi also claimed that he will get support from some of the JDU MLAs.
11:51 PM: It is being reported by ANI that Nitish Kumar, other JDU leaders and BJP’s Sushil Modi have left for Raj Bhawan to meet the Governor.
11: 46 PM: As the stage is being prepared for Nitish Kumar’s swearing in ceremony in Patna tomorrow, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has also staked his claim to form government in Bihar, reports Republic TV.
11:42 PM: According to a Times Now reported, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend Nitish Kumar’s oath taking ceremony in Patna tomorrow.
11:39 PM: Hours after Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar CM, PTI quoted his grand alliance partner Lalu Prasad Yadav saying that the former stepped down fearing his exposure in murder case slapped against him. Prasad also questioned his intent behind the decision.
11:29 PM: Kumar led the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) that comprised his JD(U), the RJD and the Congress
11:24 PM: K C Tyagi says Nitish is a man of different metal, he had already taken resignations of his own ministers on the issue of corruption
11:20 PM: AAP’s Saurabh Bharadwaj says that his party is observing the situation
11:17 PM: K C Tyagi defended Nitish’s move saying he was not allowed to work independently and in favour of Bihar
11:12 PM: Sushil Modi dodges question on him returning as Deputy Chief Minister.
11:07 PM: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi reaches Raj Bhavan after being discharged from hospital.
11:04 PM: Congress: Responsibility lies up on each one of us to respect this mandate
10:57 PM: Congress: We are deeply disappointed by the news of resignation of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar
10:51 PM: JD(U) and NDA allies together have 129 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, seven more than the magic figure of 122
10:47 PM: BJP’s Anil Jain to visit Patna tomorrow with Union Minister JP Nadda
10:38PM: BJP has handed over to Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi the letter extending support to Nitish Kumar for forming the next government
10:32 PM: Nitish Kumar to take oath as CM of Bihar at 5 pm tomorrow.
10:28 PM: BJP’s JP Nadda says 3-member panel formed in Bihar to talk to BJP MLAs & report to leadership for final call
10:21 PM: Bihar Guv KN Tripathi admitted to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna, due to an ENT problem.
10:19 PM: Atul Kumar Anjaan: After Manipur and Goa, BJP has broken the mandate of people in its own style
10:16 PM: Senior CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjaan demanded that elections be held in the state as Nitish staged the tendering resignation
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10:10 PM: Nitish should respect the five-year mandate given by the people of Bihar
10:06 PM: Sushil Modi says government will be formed under the Nitish Kumar
10:01 PM: JDU and BJP collectively have 129 seats in the Bihar assembly, 7 more than the mid-way mark of 122
9:58 PM: Nitish Kumar did not inform Rahul Gandhi about his intention to resign in their meeting: Sources
9:54 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav tweets I am being targeted for standing up against the dictatorship of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah
9:51 PM: Sushil Modi, Nityanand Rai and other BJP MLAs reach Nitish Kumar’s residence in Patna for a meeting of JDU-BJP MLA
9:48 PM: BJP’s Bihar Chief Sushil Modi leaves for the residence of Nitish Kumar
9:44 PM: BJP says Nitish leaving the grand alliance is a strong message against graft.
9:40 PM: Nitish Kumar to return as a National Democratic Alliance Chief Minister tomorrow
9:35 PM: BJP’s JP Nadda says 3-member panel formed in Bihar to talk to BJP MLAs & report to leadership for final call
9:32 PM: Senior BJP leaders JP Nadda and Sanjay Mayukh to visit Patna on Thursday
9:29 PM: BJP to hold a legislative party meet on Thursday
9:26 PM: Sushil Modi says government will be formed under the Nitish Kumar
9:24 PM: KC Tyagi of the JDU says There is no question of going back to Lalu Yadav and RJD.
9:21 PM: Supporters of Lalu Prasad Yadav raise slogans against the BJP outside the residence of the RJD Chief.
9:18 PM: ABP news says BJP MLAs and Nitish to meet Governor and stake claim to form government
9:15 PM: JDU and BJP collectively have 129 seats in the Bihar assembly, 7 more than the mid-way mark of 122
9:12 PM: BJP and JDU need to have more than 122 seats to form government in Bihar
9:11 PM: BJP MLAs to visit the residence of Nitish Kumar
9:07 PM: We were not allowed to work independently, says KC Tyagi on Nitish Kumar’s resignation
9:04 PM: Sushil Modi says his party will inform the governor about their support to Nitish Kumar
9:01 PM: Sushil Modi: BJP decides to support him, will support the govt formed under him.
हमने जो निर्णय लिया उसपर माननीय प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi के ट्वीट के द्वारा दी गई प्रतिक्रिया के लिए उन्हें तहेदिल से धन्यवाद.
— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) July 26, 2017
8:58 PM: Nitish Kumar responds to PM Modi’s tweet, thanks the Prime Minister for supporting his decision
8:55 PM: Lalu Yadav takes to twitter, says, both Nitish and Tejashwi are guilty, leaders from grand alliance should have chosen a new leader. This is what the justice seeking people of Bihar want
8:52 PM: PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah leave after BJP Parliamentary board meeting.
8:51 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: Nitish Kumar’s resignation akin to a death blow for the grand alliance.
8:48 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: The poor and needy people of Bihar gave their mandate to the grand alliance.
8:45 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: I am being targeted for forging opposition unity in order to save the country and the constitution
8:44 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav tweets I am being targeted for standing up against the dictatorship of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah
8:40 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav chairs a meeting attended by Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav and other senior RJD leaders
8:38 PM: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das: corruption had made the country hollow, Kumar would get the support of the country in his fight against corruption.
8:37 PM: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das: On the way of corruption-free Bihar, it is a correct and brave decision on the part of Nitish Kumar. Congratulations to Shri Nitish Kumar.
8:36 PM: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das termed as “correct and brave” the resignation by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
8:35 PM: Sushil Modi: Will do what the party high command wants us to do.
8:33 PM: Devesh Thakur tells NDTV that Nitish returning to the NDA fold can’t be ruled out.
8:31 PM: Supporters of Lalu Prasad Yadav raise slogans against the BJP outside the residence of the RJD Chief.
8:30 PM: Sushil Modi says Nitish Kumar has stepped down for a good cause.
8:29 PM: KC Tyagi of the JDU says There is no question of going back to Lalu Yadav and RJD.
8:27 PM: KC Tyagi of the JDU says Nitish Kumar has a clean image, he won’t compromise on that.
8:25 PM: BJP’s JP Nadda says 3-member panel formed in Bihar to talk to BJP MLAs & report to leadership for final call
8:23 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says that the grand alliance still exists, only the CM has resigned, the three parties which form the alliance should choose a new CM
8:21 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav’s supporters gather outside his residence in Patna, Bihar
8:20 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: Nitish and BJP had been planning this move for a few months
8:19 PM: Sources to ANI: Nitish Kumar did not inform Rahul Gandhi about his intention to resign in their meeting
8:18 PM: Lalu Yadav says Nitish quit because of the murder case against him.
8:15 PM: Jayant Sinha says I congratulate Nitish Kumar for taking this step against corruption.
8:11 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says Tejashwi is being targeted, insists on a new face for Bihar CM.
8:09 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: Nitish Kumar and BJP had scripted this resignation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet is a proof of this scheming.
8:05 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav says the Chief Minister of an Indian state is involved in a murder case and arms act
8:03 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: Name one hurdle that I created
8:01 PM: Randeep Surjewala: Nitish should respect the five-year mandate given by the people of Bihar
7:58 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: RJD is the largest party in the Bihar assembly, I urge Nitish to let the assembly live its natural course.
7:55 PM: Union Minister JP Nadda after addressing the BJP Parliamentary Board meet has said that BJP welcomes battle against corruption in Bihar and the party is not in favor of mid-term elections
7:53 PM: Randeep Surjewala of the Congress says We are deeply disappointed by the news of Nitish Kumar’s resignation.
7:52 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: Nitish in an affidavit has said that there are cases filed against him
7:51 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: There are cases lodged against Nitish Kumar under Section 302, 307
7:49 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav questions Nitish Kumar asks, where did we go wrong?
7:47 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: We informed the public through the media that the charges against are baseless
7:46 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: Nitish did not ask for resignation, but he said that explain the charges through the media
7:44 PM: Raghuvansh Prasad Singh: Resignation is not the solution
7:43 PM: Raghuvansh Prasad Singh: Will not let Bharatiya Janata Party form government in Bihar
7:43 PM: Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of the RJD says resignation is nothing but grandstanding by Nitish Kumar
7:41 PM: Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of the RJD says Nitish Kumar should have taken all members of the alliance in confidence
7:38 PM: Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of the RJD says that the mahagatbandhan can still work
7:32 PM: We are not in favour of mid-term elections in Bihar, says Sushil Kumar Modi after Nitish Kumar’s resignation
7:30 PM: BJP’s Sushil Modi addresses the media in Patna
7:28 PM: We were not allowed to work independently, says KC Tyagi on Nitish Kumar’s resignation
7:26 PM: Lalu and his family were given adequate time to come out with plausible explanation for all the benami properties, says BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia
7:24 PM: The BJP Parliamentary board meeting is underway in Delhi. PM Modi & BJP President Amit Shah, among others are present.
7:22 PM: Nitish-Lalu alliance was a mismatch. This had to happen, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Nitish Kumar’s resignation
7: 20 PM: Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi arrives for BJP Parliamentary meeting.
7: 18 PM: To rise above political differences & fight against corruption in country & in Bihar in particular, for development is need of the hour, PM Modi on Twitter
7:16 PM: Congratulate Nitish Ji on joining fight against corruption. 125 crore people welcome and support this honesty, tweets PM Modi
7:14 PM: If Nitish Kumar accepts outside support from BJP after he stepped down, then JDU+BJP will add up to 124, which is above the halfway mark in the Assembly
7:10 PM: Pm Narendra Modi says that 125 cr people are supporting Nitish Kumar’s step of stepping down from his post
7:08 PM: PM Narendra Modi congratulated Nitish Kumar for taking a strong step against corruption.
7:03 PM: Ravi Shankar Prasad while talking Nitish Kumar’s resignation said, this was bound to happen
7:02 PM: Before resigning, I had informed Laluji and Congress Bihar in-charge CP Joshi, said Nitish Kumar.
7:01 PM: Citing Mahatma Gandhi, Nitish Kumar said, Gandhiji always said needs can be met on the earth, but greed can never be fulfilled
Here are the Tweets by PM Narendra Modi-
भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ लड़ाई में जुड़ने के लिए नीतीश कुमार जी को बहुत-बहुत बधाई।
सवा सौ करोड़ नागरिक ईमानदारी का स्वागत और समर्थन कर रहे हैं
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2017
देश के, विशेष रूप से बिहार के उज्जवल भविष्य के लिए राजनीतिक मतभेदों से ऊपर उठकर भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ एक होकर लड़ना,आज देश और समय की माँग है
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2017
7:00 PM: I am not blaming anyone, those who want to blame me are free to do so- Nitish Kumar
6: 58 PM: When I supported demonetization a lot of allegations were leveled against me- Nitish Kumar
6: 57 PM: While addressing the media after giving his resignation, he said, that the governor has accepted my resignation, and asked me to continue working till the next development.
6: 56 PM: While talking on Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, he added, wanted to act on Tejashwi, but they weren’t ready to do so. Nitish Kumar went on to blame RJD chief Lalu Prasad for the current situation and said Lalu is responsible for the current situation
6: 55 PM: The JDU chief also said, The current situation is not conducive to work. He added, Did best to keep the alliance together.
6: 54 PM: I even spoke to Rahul Gandhi about the situation, says Nitish Kumar.
6: 53 PM: I even asked Lalu and his son Tejashwi to explain all the allegations
6: 52 PM: I tried to work as much for the people of Bihar, but it became impossible to work
6: 51 PM: I had no option but to quit as Chief Minister. I have never asked for resignation of anyone.- Nitish Kumar
6: 50 PM: I worked for Bihar interest, says Nitish Kumar
6:49 PM: Nitish Kumar says, won’t compromise on corruption