Patna, Feb 5: Amid speculation of removal of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, sources have claimed that the Janata Dal (United) has asked Jitan Ram Manjhi to step down as Bihar Chief Minister.
As per a ZeeNews report, "sources, however, added that Manjhi has refused to oblige, instead asking the party leadership to sack him."
Asked about removal of Manjhi, Sharad Yadav told reporters at Patna airport "you fellows are saying this" and the meeting was a routine one.
Asked about the possibility of Nitish Kumar being made the chief minister again, JD(U) General Secretary K C Tyagi said "Nitish Kumar is 'sarvamanya' (all accepted) leader of the party and does not need anybody's 'sifarish' (recommendation)."
On the chances of Manjhi's ouster, Tyagi said "the legislature party will decide about the CM." Manjhi said "you all know from where such reports have come from.
I am a CM and discharging my duty." Meanwhile, BJP leader Sushil Modi suggested Manjhi to dissolve Vidhan Sabha before he was forced to quit the chair.
Nitish had last week denied speculation about Manjhi's ouster.
In the 243-member Bihar House, ruling JD(U) has 115 members. It enjoys support of 24 members of RJD, 5 of Congress, 1 of CPI and two Independents which goes much ahead of magic figure of 122.
BJP has 88 members and it enjoys support of 3 independents. Five seats are vacant in the House.
(With inputs from agencies)