New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for eighth time on Wednesday after having announced a new “Grand Alliance” with Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and other Opposition parties. Tejashwi Yadav is also sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister.
Kumar ended his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) National Democratic Alliance and reunited with RJD on a day of rapidly changing political developments in Bihar.
Before taking oath as the chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar called up RJD supremo Lalu Prasad. Prasad welcomed Kumar’s decision and conveyed his wishes to him, the RJD chief’s daughter and MP Misa Bharti said.
Prasad is recovering from an illness and stays with his daughter in Delhi. Kumar, who was once the bete noire of Yadav, had allied with him before the 2015 assembly polls in Bihar and the alliance swept the elections. Now again seven years later, he has joined hands with the RJD after breaking his alliance with the BJP.
In a day of fast-paced political developments, Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar met Governor Phagu Chauhan twice, first to hand over his resignation as NDA chief minister and then after being elected leader of the RJD-led `Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) to stake a claim for the top job in the state once again.
Kumar said he submitted a list of 164 MLAs to the governor who will decide when the oath-taking can take place. The effective strength of the state Assembly is 242 and the magic figure is 122. Notably, it will be the eighth time when Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar.
Meanwhile, BJP lashed out at Nitish Kumar over his decision and said he had “disrespected the mandate given by the people of Bihar”. Nitish Kumar, who talked to the media with Tejashwi Yadav, said they have the support of seven parties in Mahagathbandhan.
(With ANI, PTI Inputs)