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Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi to resign as MPs

Nitish Kumar said he would submit his resignation as LS member from Nalanda during his visit to New Delhi.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 13:40 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi have decided to resign as MPs after they took oath as members of the Bihar legislative council (MLC) on Sunday.

Nitish Kumar said he would submit his resignation as a Lok Sabha member from Nalanda during his visit to New Delhi by the end of May second week.

"I will resign as an MP, I have become an MLC to devote my whole time in Bihar" said Nitish Kumar.

Similarly, Modi also said that he would resign as MP in the third week of May.

Nitish Kumar had won the Nalanda seat as a Janata Dal-United (JD-U) candidate in the 2004 parliamentary elections.

The Nalanda seat is considered safe for Nitish, as it is dominated by his own Kurmi caste.

Modi won the Bhagalpur parliamentary seat as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in 2004.

Their resignation will lead to by-elections in the state, which may turn out to be a prestigious political battle between the ruling National Democratic Alliance of JD-U-BJP and the United Progressive Alliance of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress and Left parties.

Both Nitish Kumar and Modi are first-time members of the Bihar Legislative Council.

It is obligatory for Nitish Kumar, who was not a member of the House, to be a member of either the state assembly or the legislative council within a period of six months after having become chief minister on November 24, 2005.

First Published: May 08, 2006 13:40 IST