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Indian state leader resigns in potential boost for Modi

Nitish Kumar said it had become “impossible” for him to run the government in an alliance with a regional party.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

The leader of India’s eastern Bihar state resigned from his post on Wednesday (26) in a surprise move widely expected to strengthen prime minister Narendra Modi’s grip on power. Nitish Kumar, the popular chief minister of one of India’s most populous and impoverished states, told journalists that it had become “impossible” for him to run the government in an alliance with a regional party led by Lalu Prasad Yadav, a controversial populist. “My resignation has been accepted. The governor has asked me to continue till other arrangements are made,” Kumar said. Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the main opposition in…

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