Patna, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

Bihar Agriculture Minister and senior member of Nitish Kumar cabinet Narendra Singh today strongly favoured for the continuance of Mr Kumar as Chief Minister and he would bring a proposal to re-elect him as leader of the JD(U) legislative party in its meeting scheduled this evening.

Mr Singh told media persons here that he had held meeting with 12 legislators at his residence and also contacted most of the legislators to seek their views in the changed political scenario in Bihar following resignation of Bihar Chier Minister Nitish Kumar, taking moral responsibility for the defeat of JD(U) in Lok Sabha elections.

'I am personally in favour of continuance of Mr Kumar as Chief Miniter of Bihar and almost all legislators also expressed similar views when contacted to seek their opinion', Mr Singh said adding that Mr Kumar was undisputed leader of the JD(U) and there was no question of consideration for any change in the leadership of the party and also head of the government.

Agriculture Minister said Mr Kumar had done extremely well during his tenure as Chief Minister of Bihar since he came to power in November 2005. The meeting of JD(U) legislative party was scheduled to be held at 4 pm and he would bring a proposal in the meeting to re-elect Mr Kumar as leader of JD(U) legislative party, he added.

Responding to a query that JD(U) president Sharad Yadav had advocated for projecting new face for the post of Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr Singh said it could be personal view of Mr Yadav and views of JD(U) legislators would prevail.

"I would also talk to national president of JD(U) on the issue", Mr Singh said adding that there was no question of taking support from RJD for the formation of new JD(U) government' Mr Singh further said that JD(U) was secular and capable to fight the communal forces on its own.

Agriculture Minister said any decision to take support from RJD would be taken at general meeting of the party where all leaders and workers would be free to express their views on the issue. The support could be taken from RJD if leaders and workers gave their consent on the issue, he noted.

It may be recalled here that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had resigned yesterday afternoon, taking moral responsibility for crushing defeat of his party JD(U) in Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)