Patna: Hours after Lalu Prasad affirmed that his son Tejashwi, who is also state's Deputy Chief Minister, will not resign, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar, bringing an end to the JD(U) - RJD alliance in the state.
Nitish met the Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi in Patna and presented his resignation to him.
After tendering his resignation, Nitish said he had resigned "in the interest of Bihar".
He said he never demanded anybody's resignation but wanted Lalu and Tejashwi to come clean on allegations levelled against them by the CBI.
"Situation was becoming increasingly difficult for me to continue. We spoke to Rahul Gandhi, but nothing worked out," Nitish said.
"I wanted Bihar's welfare and tried to keep the alliance intact, but it didn't work", he added.
The resignation came amid ongoing tensions between Rashtriya Janata Dal and JD (U) over the issue of Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav’s resignation.
Earlier in the afternoon, while addressing a press conference in Patna, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu asserted that Nitish Kumar had never demanded Tejashwi Yadav’s resignation, so there is no question of him to resign from his post.
Speaking to the media in Patna, Lalu Yadav had reportedly said, “Nitish Kumar did not ask for Tejashwi’s resignation.”
Answering a question on the future of Mahagathbandhan among the RJD, JD (U) and Congress, the veteran politician said that the members would remain united.