Janata Dal (United) national president Nitish Kumar today thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supporting his decision to quit as the Bihar Chief Minister over differences with Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD.
"I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reacting to the decision I took," Nitish tweeted.
After Nitish Kumar resigned, within minutes Modi congratulated him for 'joining the fight against corruption' by quitting as Chief Minister of the coalition government of the JD-U, RJD and Congress.
हमने जो निर्णय लिया उसपर माननीय प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi के ट्वीट के द्वारा दी गई प्रतिक्रिया के लिए उन्हें तहेदिल से धन्यवाद.— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) July 26, 2017
"1.25 crore people are welcoming and supporting his honesty," he said in a series of tweets. "For the bright future of the country, and especially Bihar, it is the need of the hour to rise above political differences and join the fight against corruption."
Kumar today resigned as Chief Minister, citing differences with ally RJD over corruption charges against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, son of Lalu.
The sudden development has thrown the politics of Bihar into turmoil with no party having a majority in the 243-member Assembly. Kumar's JD(U) has 71 seats, while RJD headed by Tejashwi Yadav's father Lalu Prasad, has 80. The BJP has 53.