Bihar Political crisis: Manjhi quits as CM ahead of trust vote
On Friday, Facing apparent defeat, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi resigned.
Hours ahead of the trust vote, Manjhi submitted his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
Manjhi has submitted his resignation, Principal Secretary to Governor Brajesh Mehrotra told PTI. Asked about the content, Mehrotra said it was a one-line statement.
Manjhi sprang a surprise by making an unscheduled visit to Raj Bhawan around 10 am. He returned to his One Anne Marg residence after a brief 15-minute meeting with the governor.
Manjhi has called a press conference at his residence at 11:30 am, the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Manjhi’s sudden decision apparently follows his realisation that he does not have the numbers to prove the majority.
Manjhi, who rebelled against Nitish Kumar, was expelled by Janata Dal-United and was to prove his majority after the governor’s address.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday said he has quit, adding he should have “resigned before”.
Manjhi said that he did not get respect as chief minister.
“I should have quit before,” said Manjhi soon after he met Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi here Friday.
“I have submitted my resignation letter to the governor,” he added.
An official told IANS that Manjhi met the governor ahead of the trust vote he faced later in the day.
Manjhi said that legislators had received threats to their lives.