Following the selection of Nitish Kumar as the new leader of the JD (U) legislature party in a meeting, he has planned to parade MLAs supporting him before the Governor on Monday at 1.30 pm to establish the majority support for the CM post in Bihar. With Uday Narayan Chaudhary, the Speaker of Bihar assembly, acknowledging Nitish Kumar as the new chief in place of Jitan Ram Manjhi, the present CM, the stage is all set for a show of strength between the two.
The CM, Jitan Ram Manjhi, has termed the meeting of the JD (U) legislature party convened by the national president, Sharad Yadav, as illegal as Manjhi being the leader of the legislature had, as he claimed, the authority to convene such a meeting. He dashed to Delhi to meet the PM, Narendra Modi, national president of BJP, Amit Shah, and others in a desperate attempt to save his position with the support of the BJP. He has also threatened to recommend dissolution of the state assembly to the governor leading the state to a constitutional crisis. BJP is likely to tread cautiously in view of the impending Bihar election after a few months. In the wake of Manjhi recommending dissolution of the state legislature, the governor is likely to seek the opinion of legal experts before utilizing his options that may include imposition of President’s rule dissolving the assembly, advise Manjhi to seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the House, and in case of his failing to do so, ask Nitish Kumar, the new chief of the JD (U), for the same.
The political imbroglio in Bihar has brought to the fore once again the moral degradation in the political sector where the interests of public at large become subservient to personal interests and ego of politicians. There is a need to rise above petty considerations for the welfare of the people and the society.