India: Nitish Kumar neither confirms nor denies candidature for PM

Leave all these talks (for now),’ Nitish Kumar stated and laughed whilst he turned into asked his call being pitched as Opposition’s top ministerial candidate

After he snapped ties with the BJP-led NDA, Nitish Kumar on Tuesday neither denied nor showed his call being pitched as a prime ministerial candidate for the 2024 general elections.

“Leave some of these talks (for now),” Nitish Kumar stated and laughed whilst he was requested approximately him being pitched as Opposition’s high ministerial candidate.

In a day of rapid-shifting political developments, Nitish Kumar twice met Governor Phagu Chauhan, first handy in his resignation as NDA chief Minister after which after being elected chief of the RJD-led ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) to stake claim for the pinnacle job inside the state over again. Kumar said he submitted a listing of 164 MLAs to the governor who will determine while the oath-taking can take area.

The powerful power of the state Assembly is 242 and the magic parent is 122.

After a JD(U) assembly where best friend BJP become accused of backstabbing, Kumar drove to Raj Bhavan to smooth his resignation. Later, Kumar drove to the residence of former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, just across the street, wherein all leaders of the grand alliance, comprising RJD, Congress and the Left, had amassed.

Kumar, who was followed by means of JD(U) countrywide president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan, spent nearly 1/2 an hour at Rabri Devi’s house. He again along with Leader of the Opposition and his former deputy Tejashwi Yadav, who become armed with a letter of help to Kumar. About 15 mins later, Kumar met the Governor once more to stake declare for forming a new government, this time observed with the aid of Yadav and senior colleagues inside the JD(U) besides former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi whose 4 MLA-robust Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) has expressed unconditional help to the brand new formation.

“Nitish is the most skilled Chief Minister in the united states who has taken a brave step,” said Tejashwi Yadav.

In the kingdom Assembly, the RJD has the Highest quantity of 79 MLAs accompanied by way of the BJP (seventy seven) and the JD(U) with 44. The JD(U) also enjoys the support of four MLAs of former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha and an Independent. The Congress has 19 MLAs while the CPIML(L) has 12 and CPI and CPI(M) have each. Besides, one MLA belongs to Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM.

(With inputs from groups)

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