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Live: Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar chief minister after Lalu rules out Tejaswi resignation

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New Delhi: Nitish Kumar has resigned as the chief minister of Bihar, hours after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav ruled out resignation by his son and deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav from the RJD-Janata Dal (United) alliance government.

Tejaswi is facing a CBI probe in connection with the land-for-hotels case with agency lodging an FIR against him, triggering the latest round of crisis between the allies. In a press conference today, Lalu instead blamed the BJP for the ‘present crisis’ in the state.

“Has Nitish asked for the resignation of Tejaswi Yadav?” Prasad retorted in reply to a volley of questions by scribes regarding JD(U) insistence that the embattled deputy chief minister should come clean on accusations in public, a stand being seen in political circles as its demand deputy CM’s resignation.

Here are the latest updates and developments as the political crisis in Bihar unfolds:

■ Nitish Kumar told media that governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has accepted his resignation. He also stressed that he had no other choice but to resign.

“In the circumstances obtaining in Bihar, it became difficult to run the grand alliance government,” PTI quotes Nitish as saying.

■ Nitish Kumar says he has resigned as Chief Minister of Bihar. (PTI)

It is not clear if Nitish has asked for the dissolution of the Assembly or he will explore other options to form the government, News18 reports. At present, BJP has 53 seats, while JDU has 71 seats.

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