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Nitish Kumar Tells BJP To ‘Worry’ About 2024 Polls, Says Not A Contender For PM Post

Denying speculations about him being a contender for the Prime Minister’s post, Kumar urged all the opposition parties to be united for the 2024 polls.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar being greeted by Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav after taking oath, at Raj Bhavan in Patna, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the eighth time on Wednesday, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre needs to “worry” about its own prospects in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking after he was administered the oath of office by Governor Phagu Chauhan, Kumar dismissed BJP’s claim that the new government in Bihar will not last its full term, and that their former ally “will be back where they were after the 2015 Assembly polls”.

Denying speculations about him being a contender for the Prime Minister’s post, Kumar urged all the opposition parties to be united for the 2024 polls. “Those who came to power in 2014, will they be victorious in 2024. I would like all (opposition). I am not a contender for any such post (on PM post),” Kumar said.

Tejashwi Yadav is also sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister. Kumar took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar after announcing a new “Grand Alliance” with Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and other Opposition parties. Cabinet expansion would take place later.

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Kumar ended his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance and reunited with RJD. Leaders of the BJP, which is the second largest party in the assembly with 77 MLAs, were conspicuous by their absence at the swearing in ceremony that took place inside the Raj Bhavan.

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.

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Earlier, senior BJP leader and former Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi had claimed that the party, with which Kumar broke his alliance the previous day, had received “no invitation”.

(With PTI Inputs)