Tension hit breakpoint over Nitish Kumar’s concerns that Amit Shah is working to split JDU

Nitish Kumar has ended his alliance with the BJP in Bihar and will meet the Governor early this evening to resign as Chief Minister.

Here are the 10 latest developments:

  1. Nitish Kumar met with his MLAs before coming to his decision on dumping the BJP for a second time. “Expect explosive news,” a senior leader from his party said to NDTV ahead of the meeting.

  2. For his meeting with the Governor, Nitish Kumar will be accompanied by Tejashwi Yadav and, possibly, other Opposition leaders who are likely to support his claim to head a new government, said sources.

  3. The BJP’s Bihar branch will have a press conference today to address the issue of being dumped for a second time by Nitish Kumar.

  4. The tension between the two parties hit breakpoint over Nitish Kumar’s concerns that Union Minister Amit Shah is working relentlessly to split the Janata Dal (United). To this end, Nitish Kumar blames RCP Singh, a former leader from his own party, for serving as Amit Shah’s proxy. RCP Singh quit the JDU on the weekend after his party accused him of deep corruption.

  5. In 2017, RCP Singh joined the union cabinet as the representative of Nitish Kumar’s party. The Bihar Chief Minister was upset about being offered only one cabinet position. Yesterday, his closest aide said that RCP Singh had decided to join the centre of his own accord and had informed Nitish Kumar that Amit Shah had said he alone was acceptable as the JDU rep in the cabinet. “Will Amit Shah decide our party’s matters?” said Rajeev Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh, who is the president of the JDU.

  6. The Rashtriya Janata Dal or RJD, which is Bihar’s single-largest party,¬†also met today to discuss the Bihar crisis. The party is headed by Tejashwi Yadav. The party is expected to formally announce its support for Nitish Kumar, reviving an earlier alliance with him (the partnership lasted for less than three years). After that, 32-year-old Tejashwi Yadav is expected to accompany Nitish Kumar at a meeting with the Governor.

  7. Till 2017, Tejashwi Yadav was a minister along with his brother in Nitish Kumar’s government which had three components: the JDU, Lalu Yadav’s party, and the Congress. Nitish Kumar had formed an alliance with them after calling off a decades-long relationship with the BJP.

  8. But he accused Tejashwi Yadav and his brother of corruption and used that controversy to end his alliance with ‘secular’ parties and returned to the BJP.

  9. The Congress has also begun a series of meetings in Bihar to decide its stand on possible support to Nitish Kumar.

  10. Nitish Kumar is reportedly convinced that Amit Shah wants to repeat the Maharashtra model in Bihar -Uddhav Thackeray was forced to quit as Chief Minister after Eknath Shinde, a senior leader from his party, the Shiv Sena, instigated a huge revolt in partnership with the BJP. Eknath Shinde was rewarded by the BJP with the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister.

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