Published On: Thu, Jul 27th, 2017

Nitish Kumar sworn in as Bihar CM, BJP’s Sushil Modi as Dy CM

Patna/New Delhi: Within 24 hours of resigning as chief minister, Nitish Kumar on Thursday morning again took oath as Bihar Chief Minister with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

This is his second innings in the last two years

This is his second innings in the last two years, after he snapped ties late on Wednesday with Grand Alliance partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress over corruption charges against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.

Also sworn in was Sushil Modi as deputy chief minister of Bihar RJD’s replacing RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav.

The Raj Bhavan here echoed with chants of “Nitish Kumar Zindabad” as Acting Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered oath to Nitish Kumar.

The new alliance has two days to prove its majority in the House.

Earlier, Tejashwi and RJD leaders also met the governor on Wednesday night to protest the governor’s decision to invite Nitish to form the government.

Tejashwi said that his party RJD being the single largest party in the state should have been given an opportunity to stake claim to form the government but the Governor told him that Nitish Kumar has already been invited to form the government and hence his majority or otherwise has to be proved on the floor of the House.

After assuming office, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday that he will give befitting reply to the allegations made by RJD chief Lalu Prasad at an opportune time. He maintained that his decision to join hands with the BJP was in the state’s interest.

“Will give befitting answers,” Nitish Kumar told reporters when his response was sought on Lalu Prasad’s allegations.

Lalu Prasad has alleged that Nitish Kumar has stabbed on the back of the people of Bihar and resigned as Chief Minister of the Grand Alliance not because of corruption allegations against Tejashwi Yadav but due to a murder case against himself.

Soon after taking oath for the sixth time as Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar said that development of Bihar and justice was his priority.

“My commitment is for the people of Bihar and for the development of Bihar. The decision is in Bihar’s interest and for its development. I will continue to serve the people of Bihar,” Nitish Kumar said.

Meanwhile, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for ditching the Grand Alliance and joining hands with the BJP for “personal gains”.

“We were aware of what was going on from last three-four months. This is the problem with Indian politics. For the sake of power and personal gains, they compromise with anything,” Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament.

He added there were no rules and credibility in Indian politics.


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