Bihar Political Crisis: Nitish Kumar stakes claim to form govt

Patna, Feb 9: New JD(U) Legislature Party leader Nitish Kumar today staked claim to form government before Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi, parading 130 MLAs in his support.

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

Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav

"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," Kumar said.

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.

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


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