New Delhi, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

The Congress today assured to support the Janata Dal (United) in formation of a new Government in Bihar after the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Sources said the JD(U) had been assured of support from Congress in formation of a new Government in the state in the meeting held by JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav with Congress leaders. Sharad Yadav's meeting with Congress leaders cam even as the JD(U) legislature party meets today to elect its leader, a day after CM Nitish Kumar quit taking moral responsibility for the party's Lok Sabha poll debacle.

AICC general secretary and senior Congress leader from Bihar Shakeel Ahmed said Congress has been supporting JD(U) government from outside and there was no reason to discontinue it.

"We have extended support to Nitish Kumar government to check communal force. I personally see no reason to withdraw support," he said.

In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, JD(U) has 115 members and Congress with four members had been supporting the Nitish Kumar Government.

CM Nitish Kumar yesterday resigned along with his council of ministers, but did not seek dissolution of the Assembly, injecting a dramatic turn in state politics.

"The Lok Sabha election results have not been good for JD(U). The people's mandate has to be respected. So, I have tendered the resignation of my council of ministers. I had led the campaign. So, it is my duty to take moral responsibility and I must take," Mr Kumar told reporters after resigning.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)