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Lalu's RJD moves court against Nitish's appointment as chief minister

Lalu Prasad-led RJD said yesterday that it moving court to appeal the Bihar governor's invitation to the JD(U) and the NDA to form a government. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team Patna, Bihar, India Jul 28, 2017, 08.07 AM (IST)

The Lalu Prasad-led RJD moved the Patna High Court on Friday challenging Nitish Kumar's appointment as chief minister, a day after he resigned in a sudden move and joined hands with the BJP.

The court admitted the petition but refused to stay today's trust vote - won by Nitish Kumar - and said it will hear the case on Monday.

The RJD said yesterday that it moving court to appeal the Bihar governor's invitation to the JD(U) and the NDA to form a government in the state, which it called a "blatant violation" of a Supreme Court judgement.

"The governor's decision amounts to the murder of the spirit of the SR Bommai judgement," RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha told the press outside the residence of Lalu Prasad Yadav's wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi.

"According to the S R Bommai case judgement it is mandatory to call the single largest party or electoral block first to explore the formation of a government," he said on Thursday.

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