Kartik Kumar’s resignation comes hours after he was removed from his position in the law ministry and allocated the sugarcane industries ministry this morning.
Bihar minister and RJD leader Kartik Kumar, who was named as an accused in a kidnapping case, has stepped down from his new position in the sugarcane industries department. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has accepted his resignation and forwarded it to the Governor.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPIML), a key ally in Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan government, wanted Nitish Kumar and his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, to review the decision to appoint Kartik Kumar as a law minister in the cabinet. The Congress, another constituent of the ruling Grand Alliance, had also asked the Nitish Kumar government to reconsider the decision of inducting Kumar into the cabinet.
Minutes after Kumar sent in his resignation, BJP’s Sushil Modi – one of the first to react to the development – tweeted: “The first wicket has just fallen. Many more wickets will fall now.” The BJP and Nitish Kumar have been at loggerheads since the JD(U) chief walked out on the alliance earlier this month, reuniting with Lalu Yadav’s RJD mid-term.