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Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav Swearing-in: 'Not PM Contender, Will Work Towards Making Oppn Strong', Nitish Says After Taking Oath

Bihar Political Crisis: Nitish Kumar said that he is not an aspirant for the PM's post and asked whether the person who came in 2014 win in 2024 polls

News18.com | August 10, 2022, 20:18 IST
Nitish Kumar takes oath

Bihar Government Formation Updates: JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday took the oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the eighth time in a ceremony at Raj Bhawan, while RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav took the oath as his Deputy. The no-frills ceremony comes a day after Kumar snapped ties with the BJP-led NDA and joined hands with the RJD to form a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government. Read More

Aug 10, 2022 17:16 IST

RJD Likely to Get Lion's Share in New Bihar Cabinet, Nitish May Retain Home

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar is likely to retain the all-important Home portfolio, while the RJD may get most of the departments that were previously with the BJP, a highly-placed source told news agency PTI. He said an in-principle agreement has been reached about the composition of the new cabinet, which is likely to have 35 members or more, drawn from Kumar’s JD(U), the RJD and the Congress. Kumar, who is being commended by opposition parties for joining the anti-BJP camp, also had a telephonic talk with Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the political situation. According to broader contours of the power sharing formula, the RJD will have the largest number of ministers, in recognition of the fact that it has a higher number of MLAs. The JD(U) is likely to have 13 ministers, the RJD has settled for 16. The Congress will be given four berths, while former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM will have one member in the cabinet, the source said.

Aug 10, 2022 17:10 IST

Maharashtra Has Been Avenged, Says Cong in Bihar

The Congress in Bihar feels BJP’s downfall in the state was just comeuppance for its attempts to oust the grand old party from national politics and engineering defections in Maharashtra. Lashing out at the saffron camp, Bihar Congress in-charge Bhakta Charan Das quipped that BJP-mukt Bihar is the new message that has been sent out to people. Speaking to a television channel on Wednesday, Das said that Congress has always been a sturdy pillar when it came to the progress of the nation, freedom of the country and its recognition. The saffron party wants to wipe out all smaller parties. It wants to establish just one party in India (BJP), one colour… and one religion, Das claimed.

Aug 10, 2022 15:42 IST

After Nitish Kumar's 'Dhokha', Bihar BJP Chief Warns New Ally RJD

The ultimate aim of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is to decimate Lalu Prasad’s RJD, BJP’s Bihar president Sanjay Jaiswal has claimed, making it clear that the BJP faces no challenge after the erstwhile ‘Bade Bhai’ snapped ties and cobbled an alliance with the RJD and other parties. In an exclusive interview to Indian Express, Jaiswal said Kumar was always keen to know about the cases filed against RJD leaders and with the arrest of Bhola Yadav, Lalu Prasad’s former aide, the chief minister considers it the “right time” to destroy RJD. “He thinks once the leadership is gone, RJD voters will come to JD(U),” he said. Read More

Aug 10, 2022 15:12 IST

Akhilesh Congratulates Nitish, Tejashwi After Swearing-in

Aug 10, 2022 15:04 IST

'Those Who Came to Power in 2014, Will They be Victorious in 2024?' Nitish Takes Dig at BJP

Aug 10, 2022 14:35 IST

Not an Aspirant for PM's Post, Question is Will the Person Who Came in 2014 Win 2024: Nitish

I am not an aspirant for the PM’s post. The question is will the person who came in 2014 win in 2024: Nitish Kumar after taking oath

Aug 10, 2022 14:28 IST

Rabri Devi Thanks Everyone After Oath-taking, Tej Pratap Says 'Came Back to Power to Work'

Aug 10, 2022 14:09 IST

In Pics | Nitish Kumar Takes Oath as Bihar CM

Aug 10, 2022 14:06 IST

Nitish Kumar Takes Oath as Bihar CM for 8th Time

Aug 10, 2022 14:03 IST

Governor Arrives, National Anthem Begins in Raj Bhavan

Aug 10, 2022 14:01 IST

RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav Arrives at Raj Bhawan, to be Sworn in as Bihar Deputy CM

RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav Arrives at Raj Bhawan, to be Sworn in as Bihar Deputy CM

Aug 10, 2022 13:59 IST

Nitish Kumar Arrives at Raj Bhavan

Aug 10, 2022 13:55 IST

Nitish Kumar to Take Oath as Bihar CM Shortly

Aug 10, 2022 13:54 IST

Tejashwi Yadav Reaches Raj Bhavan

Aug 10, 2022 13:46 IST

Nitish Was Uncomfortable with BJP: Prashant Kishor

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not comfortable in the alliance with the BJP and that is why he moved from one political formation to the other. Kishor, once considered a close confidant of Kumar, said the impact of the political developments in Bihar will remain limited to the state at present. They were unlikely to have an impact on the national level in the short-run, he said. From 2017 to 2022, he was with the BJP. But I never found him comfortable because of many reasons. He may have thought that let us experiment with Mahagatbandhan, Kishor told television news channels in Patna. On reports that Kumar harbours prime ministerial ambitions, Kishor insisted the developments were strictly Bihar-centric.

Aug 10, 2022 13:43 IST

2020 Mandate in Bihar was for Narendra Modi: Sushil Modi

In 2020, we got votes in name of Narendra Modi. Had we received votes in your (Nitish Kumar) name we would’ve crossed 150-175 and you wouldn’t have won just 43. When it seemed situation isn’t good, Narendra Modi did 3-4 rallies in one day. 2020 mandate was for Narendra Modi: Sushil Modi

Aug 10, 2022 13:36 IST

Tejashwi Yadav and Rabri Devi Leaves for Raj Bhavan

Aug 10, 2022 13:34 IST

BJP Never Betrayed, Made Nitish CM 5 Times: Sushil Modi

Aug 10, 2022 13:33 IST

Real CM Will be Tejashwi Yadav, Govt Will Not Complete Till 2025: Sushil Modi

The real CM will be Tejashwi Yadav… Nitish would just be a front… This government will not be able to complete the year 2025: Sushil Modi

Aug 10, 2022 13:31 IST

Leaders Start Arrving at Raj Bhavan for Oath Ceremony

Nitish Kumar is likely to retain the all-important Home portfolio, while the RJD may get most of the departments that were previously with the BJP, a highly-placed source told news agency PTI. He said an in-principle agreement has been reached about the composition of the new cabinet, which is likely to have 35 members or more, drawn from Kumar’s JD(U), the RJD and the Congress. Kumar, who is being commended by opposition parties for joining the anti-BJP camp, also had a telephonic talk with Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the political situation. According to broader contours of the power sharing formula, the RJD will have the largest number of ministers, in recognition of the fact that it has a higher number of MLAs.

The JD(U) is likely to have 13 ministers, the RJD has settled for 16. The Congress will be given four berths, while former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM will have one member in the cabinet, the source said.

Hundreds of RJD-JDU supporters, including leaders and workers, gathered outside Raj Bhavan, and in the bungalow compounds of Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav and went into a frenzy celebrating the new ‘Mahagathbandhan Sarkar’ (grand alliance government).

People gathered to witness displays of fireworks, as excited workers of various parties of the alliance distributed sweets, beat drums, and danced. An RJD supporter from Jehanabad cycled 69 km with 50 supporters to witness the return of a government supported by his party. The die-hard supporter Vinay Bihari reached Raj Bhavan just in time for the swearing-in ceremony.

On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar met Governor Phagu Chauhan and tendered his resignation. In his first reaction after quitting as the CM of the NDA government, he said there was consensus in the JD(U) on walking out of the alliance.

Nitish Kumar then went straight to former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi’s residence to meet Tejashwi Yadav. Both the leaders then arrived at Raj Bhavan with Nitish carrying a letter of support from other parties. At 6 pm, Nitish staked a claim to form a new government.

The BJP accused Nitish Kumar of “insulting and betraying” people’s mandate while blaming his prime ministerial ambition for the JD(U)’s decision to walk out of the NDA and joining hands with the RJD-led opposition. BJP leaders noted that he had snapped ties with the RJD in 2017 over allegations of corruption against its leader Tejashwi Yadav and asked how he will justify the alliance with the party again.

They also threw the jibe “Paltu Ram” (one who keeps changing sides), first used by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav for Kumar, at the Janata Dal (United) leader and rejected claims that their party was undermining him. RCP Singh, once a close aide of Kumar and now out of favour, also accused the chief minister of betraying the mandate of the 2020 assembly polls in the favour of the BJP-led NDA.

(with inputs from PTI)

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