The meeting ended this evening after party leaders created a ruckus as they unanimously chose Nitish Kumar as their leader, but he refused to withdraw his resignation. (Nitish Kumar Resigns a Day After Poll Defeat)
Mr Kumar has placated his MLAs for now by telling them he needs another day to think about what they have told him.
“We were adamant there would be no other choice. Nitish ji said he needs another day so we have asked him to hold another meeting tomorrow,” said JD(U) leader Nitish Mishra. Earlier today, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav had said that Mr Kumar’s resignation is final and he will not go back on the move. Mr Yadav however refused to comment on the speculation about a possible alliance between the JD(U) and Lalu Yadav’s RJD. (Read: Three RJD Legislators Resign to Join Nitish Kumar’s Party)
Sources close to Mr Kumar had also said, that he is not willing to be re-elected as he does not want his decision to be seen as a political stunt. (In Nitish Kumar’s Resignation, Another Twist in Bihar’s Political Tale?)
Another meeting is likely to be held tomorrow, as the party leaders are adamant that they will not agree to anyone except Nitish as their leader.
“We want Nitish Kumar to continue as the chief minister…Only because of Nitish the state is doing so well,” JD(U) MLA Neeraj Kumar said after today’s meeting. Mr Kumar had stepped down from the top post yesterday after taking moral responsibility for the ruling party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.