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Manjhi resigns as CM ahead of trust vote

Vote of Confidence in Bihar assembly

Patna: Facing imminent defeat, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today resigned ahead of the trust vote, saying that he decided to step down as his supporters were issued death threats and he did not want the legislators to lose their Assembly membership.

“When it became apparent that Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary, who is acting on the direction of somebody will never allow secret ballot during confidence vote, I thought it will not be wise on my part to put my supporting MLAs in danger and resigned,” Manjhi told reporters at his residence.

Returning from the Raj Bhawan after submitting his resignation, Manjhi did not go to the Assembly and instead held a press conference at his residence.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had asked the Speaker to choose between lobby division and secret ballot for the trust vote.

Manjhi claimed he had majority support of 140 MLAs, but thought of not to proceed ahead considering the threat of bloodshed and harassment of MLAs siding with him.

He said after submitting his resignation, he urged the Governor to take future decision in the best interest of the state.

All eight ministers, seven of JD(U) and one Independent, were by his side at the press conference.

He launched a blistering attack on Nitish Kumar and Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary.

Manjhi claimed 40-52 JD(U) MLAs were in his favour “but due to fear of Nitish Kumar they did not want to be seen with me and when it became clear that there will be no secret ballot I thought I shall not put them in trouble and decided to quit.”

He claimed that a large number of JD(U) MLAs visited his residence around 1 AM from backdoor from Nitish Kumar’s residence. “There was fear on their faces and I thought I should not put them in trouble by exposing them to Nitish Kumar camp by going ahead with trust vote and decided to quit,” he said.

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