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Manjhi Defiant, Nitish to Stake His Claim Today

Published: 09th February 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2015 03:48 AM   |  A+A-

PATNA: A day after the election of Nitish Kumar as chief of JD(U), leaders of different political parties visited the Raj Bhawan here to submit their letter of support, even as 20 ministers’ resignation was accepted by the governor.

The delegation was led by State JD(U) chief Bashistha Narayan Singh. Nitish Kumar will meet Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Monday to formally stake his claim to form the government.

Manjhi-Defi-ant.jpg“If needed, we are prepared to parade our supporting MLAs before the governor,” said senior party leader Vijay Chaudhary.

“Currently 130 MLAs have extended their support,” said Bashistha Narayan Singh.

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who was in Delhi to attend the first meeting of NITI Aayog, also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later, he said that he would go for a floor test and would welcome whoever supports his government. He firmly said he would not resign from the post of chief minister and indicated that soon, a Cabinet expansion would take place.

Meanwhile, minister Bima Bharati and JD(U) MLA Sunita Singh said they received threatening calls asking them to  back Manjhi or “face the consequences”.

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