Yashwant Sinha terms Nitish resigning as Bihar chief minister appropriate
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Yashwant Sinha, on Saturday termed Nitish Kumar quitting as Bihar chief minister as appropriate and added that humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha polls served as loss of people's faith in him.
"He has done the right thing. The way he has received a crushing defeat, he had no right to serve as chief minister of the state since he rode to power in alliance with the BJP in the state which he had ended," Sinha said.
"What the entire country has reflected in this 2014 elections must be replicated in the states as well," he added.
Kumar decided to step down from his post on Saturday afternoon after several ministers and Janata Dal (United) members of the legislative assembly squarely blamed him for the defeat of the party in the 2014 general elections.
Kumar had submitted his resignation today to Bihar Governor Dr. D.Y. Patil.
Shortly after that in a press conference, Kumar briefed the press saying that he quit from his post owning up full responsibility for the party's poor show and ruled out dissolving the Bihar Assembly.
"I was leading Bihar's election campaign and I accept the responsibility for the defeat and which I should accept. It won't be wrong to say that this election was based on personal remark, allegations and counter-allegations, which I haven't seen in my entire political life. We had sought mandate based on our work, but could not see favourable results in our favour and therefore I am taking full responsibility for this defeat and hence, I have tendered my resignation to the Governor," Kumar said at a press conference.
He made it aptly clear that is he personally resigning from his post and that there was ample scope for a new person to discharge the functions as chief minister of the Government that he was running without dissolving the assembly.
"I want to make it clear that I have just resigned from the council of ministers, have not sought dissolution of the Assembly. There is no issue of majority, the government can continue if we want, I have resigned taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha election loss," Kumar said.
Earlier on Saturday, internal bickerings surfaced within the JD-U, particularly over Kumar's decision to cut 17-year-long ties with the BJP last year, and this forced Kumar to consider submitting his resignation.
On Friday, in a terse statement, Kumar said that he "respected the mandate of the people" in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In an election where the BJP and JD(U) fought separately after their political divorce in 2013 over projecting Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial nominee of the BJP-led NDA, Nitish Kumar's party could win just two seats.
The JD-U Government is already in a minority in the Bihar State Assembly.
Kumar had been in power for the last nine years.
(Posted on 17-05-2014)