Patna: After Nitish Kumar allegedly blackmailed into an alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, hoping support from the Yadav and Muslim MLAs, too has decided to stake claim to form a government in Bihar.
“Tejashwi Yadav will meet governor today afternoon and stake claim to form the government in Bihar”. Lalu Prasad Yadav who was on way to Ranchi said while talking to reporters on Thursday.
Political crisis engulfed Bihar after Nitish Kumar resigned as the state chief minister on Wednesday. The move followed allegations of corruption against Deputy Chief Minister and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav.
Nitish said he could not lead a government in which a “tainted person” is a minister.
Hours after Nitish resigned as chief minister, reports came he had struck a deal with the BJP and will take oath as chief minister again on Thursday with the support from right-wing Hindu party.
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav however said Nitish Kumar’s name figured in a murder case and he was blackmailed by the BJP to form an alliance.
He said since RJD is the largest party in the state assembly, it has right to form the next government after Nitish’s resignation.
It is also learnt that Lalu Prasad had spoken with JD(U) Chief Sharad Yadav who is also unhappy with Nitish’s decision to break the Grand Alliance between JD(U), RJD and Congress.
The Grand Alliance had defeated the BJP in Bihar when it was registering victories in election after election in other parts of the country.
Lalu Prasad Yadav is reportedly banking on the support from 16 Yadav and Muslim MLAs.
The RJD has 80 members in the Bihar assembly of 243 legislators, besides the Congress’ 27, 03 from the CPI-ML and 04 independent members.