Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar Chief Minister
In a dramatic political turmoil, Nitish returns to the NDA fold, after cutting ties with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
In less than 24 hours after resigning from the CM's post last evening, Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time this morning, thereby forming the NDA Government in the state.
Nitish led the 'Mahagathbandhan' (Grand Alliance) that comprised his JD (U), the RJD and the Congress to a stunning victory that few people thought was possible after the Congress had been bruised and bloodied in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. But the uneasy alliance lasted for barely two years with corruption allegation against the kin of RJD chief Lalu Prasad proving to be the last straw. The going was never easy for Nitish as the RJD lost no opportunity to press that it was the major partner in the alliance.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that Nitish Kumar is "unprincipled" and an "opportunist" and he knew "three-four months ago" that the Bihar chief minister was planning to sunder the 'grand alliance'. “Nitish's move was symptomatic of "the problem with Indian politics", where people take decisions "based on pure self-interest". People will do anything for power. For personal gain, they will embrace anyone, even the worst people," said Rahul to the media.
Acting Governor, Keshri Nath Tripathi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister at a simple function organised at Raj Bhawan. Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was also administered the oath of office and secrecy as Minister.
Other leaders of the JD(U), BJP, LJP and RLSP would also be inducted into the Cabinet soon. List of their names is being finalised.
More to follow.