Nitish Kumar, the leader of Janata Dal (United), is prepared to swear in as Bihar’s chief minister again amid the state’s political turmoil. Nitish will take the oath on Wednesday after announcing a new “Grand Alliance” that comprises Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and other Opposition parties. It’s interesting to note that this would be Nitish Kumar’s seventh time doing so as the chief minister of Bihar.
Here are the eight times Nitish has taken the oath as the chief minister of Bihar from the year 2000:
- First time: March 2000
- Second time: November 2005
- Third time: November 2010
- Fourth time: February 2015
- Fifth time: November 2015
- Sixth time: July 2017
- Seventh time: November 2020
- Eighth time: August 10, 2022
Tejashwi Yadav, the son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, is also anticipated to take an oath as deputy chief minister. During a joint news conference with Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD, our Mahagathbandhan would consist of seven parties and 164 MLAs in addition to independent MLAs.
On a day of fast-shifting political dynamics in Bihar, Kumar broke his coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) National Democratic Alliance and joined forces with the RJD. The swearing-in event will take place at Raj Bhavan at 2 pm, according to a tweet from Kumar’s new coalition partner, RJD. The party tweeted from its Twitter account that “the swearing-in ceremony of Honorable Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister would be placed tomorrow at 2 pm at Raj Bhavan.”
Tuesday saw several rapid-fire political developments, and during that day, Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, met with governor Phagu Chauhan twice.
Once to submit his resignation as chief minister of the NDA and again after being chosen to lead the RJD-led “Mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) to stake a new claim for the top position in the state.
According to Kumar, the governor would determine when the oath-taking may occur after receiving a list of 164 MLAs. The state Assembly’s effective strength is 242, and its magic number is 122.
While this was happening, the BJP attacked Nitish Kumar for his choice, claiming he had “disrespected the mandate granted by the people of Bihar.” According to Nitish Kumar, they have the backing of seven parties in the Mahagathbandhan, who spoke to the media with Tejashwi Yadav.
Tejashwi Yadav criticised the BJP and said the party lacks an Allie in the Hindi heartland. He said that the BJP works to undermine the parties with its forms of agreement.
“The BJP lacks an alliance partner in the heartland of Hindi. The BJP has historically destroyed the parties with whom it has formed partnerships. That was something we saw in Punjab and Maharashtra, “added he. He also referred to JP Nadda, the president of the BJP. “Regional parties will cease, according to JP Nadda.
BJP is only capable of buying and intimidating individuals. We all agreed that the BJP’s plan shouldn’t be carried out in Bihar; we all know that Laluji prevented Advaniji’s “Rath,” and we won’t back down at any cost “, said Yadav.