Patna HC Dismisses Two PILs Against Nitish Kumar’s New Bihar Government

Former Chief Ministers of Bihar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar during a rally in Hajipur of Bihar on Aug 11, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and former ally Lalu Prasad Yadav seen in happier times. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Patna high court today dismissed two public interest litigations (PIL) filed by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLAs challenging the formation of a JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar. The Indian Express reported that the division bench dismissed the PILs saying that the court’s intervention was not needed since a floor test had happened in the state assembly.

The PILs said that the formation of the new government was “unconstitutional” as chief minister Nitish Kumar had won the mandate as part of the mahagathbandhan between the JD(U), RJD and Congress against the BJP. The PILs, that also stated that the RJD – which has the largest number of seats in the assembly – should have been called upon first to form the government, had been filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma, and the Samajwadi Party’s Jitendra Kumar.

Nitish had resigned as chief minister on July 26, calling off the mahagathbandhan, and returned as chief minister the next day, with BJP as his ally.