PATNA, May 19 � Nitish Kumar today chose senior minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to succeed him as Bihar Chief Minister, who would stake claim to form the government, reports PTI.
The 68-year-old Manjhi, a dalit leader, was SC & ST Minister in the Nitish Kumar government.
The JD(U) has staked claim to form the government in the state under Manjhi, Kumar said.
Manjhi�s name, he said, has the approval of JD(U) president Sharad Yadav as well state party chief Basistha Narayan Singh.
�We have staked claim before Governor DY Patil to form the government under leadership of Jitan Ram Manjhi,� outgoing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhawan.