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Nitish thanks PM Modi for 'congratulating' him on his resignation

News Agencies | Updated on: 26 July 2017, 23:12 IST
Nitish thanks PM Modi for 'congratulating' him on his resignation

Nitish Kumar, who resigned as Bihar Chief Minister earlier in the day, has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 'congratulating' him after his announcement.

"Whole heartedly thank PM Modi for response through his tweet about our decision," Nitish tweeted.

The dissonance in the Bihar politics came ostensibly to the fore-front when on Wednesday evening Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post, thereby, ending the 'mahagathbandhan'.

Nitish handed over his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and confirmed it to the media even as he emerged after meeting him.

"The Governor has accepted my resignation. I did everything a chief of a party in alliance should do. I myself have given away the post. Now, you will have to wait and see what happens next," he said.

The development came hours after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav earlier in the day took a jibe at Nitish Kumar, saying he was aware of his longtime friend's party's - Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) - growing bonhomie with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Following this, Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to "congratulate" Nitish.

"Huge congratulations to Nitish Kumar that he quit in the name of going against corruption. The 125 crore people of India support him," he posted.

While the Congress is disappointed with Nitish's decision, the BJP has welcomed the move.


First published: 26 July 2017, 23:12 IST