Patna: In a surprise move, senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui said his party will support the JD(U) government headed by new chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

The RJD has 21 members in the 243-member state assembly.

The new chief minister, who succeeded Nitish Kumar, said he was happy to get the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s legislative backing. Two days ago the Congress extended support to the JD(U) government. The Congress has four legislators.

Nitish Kumar resigned on Saturday following his party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls.

The JD(U) has 117 legislators and also enjoys the support of one CPI member and two independent legislators.