After breaking the Grand-Alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress, Nitish Kumar will take oath once again as the Chief Minister of Bihar on Thursday. He will form the government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
After meeting the Bihar Governor, Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, “We have submitted a letter with support of 132 MLAs. We have been given the time of 10AM, today (Thursday), for swearing in.”
Briefing the media, Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai said,”Governor has invited us for oath ceremony at 10AM today. Two people to take oath, Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister, Sushil Modi as Deputy Chief Minister.”
According to reports, Nitish Kumar will take oath with at least 27 ministers at a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. It is also very likely that Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi will return as Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
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National Democratic Alliance and JD(U) will have 14 ministers each in the new government, as per sources.
Union Minister JP Nadda and BJP General Secretary Anil Jain will also visit Patna on Thursday as observers to attend the BJP legislature party meeting.
Citing issues of corruption with the RJD, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar on Wednesday snapped ties with the party and said that ‘It wasn’t possible to work in this environment’.
Following Nitish’s resignation, the BJP offered support to him to form government in the state and submitted its letter of support to the Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
The decision was taken after BJP held a parliamentary meet which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and other senior leaders.
Meanwhile in Bihar, BJP leader Sushil Modi, Nityanand Rai and other party MLAs met Nitish Kumar at his residence in Patna and conducted a meeting with JDU MLAs.
Speaking on the issue, Bihar BJP leader Sushil Modi said that his party was comfortable working under the chief ministership of Nitish Kumar.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nitish Kumar for raising his voice against corruption.
“Congratulate Nitish Ji on joining fight against corruption. 125 crore people welcome and support this honesty,” PM Modi tweeted.
Responding back to PM Modi, Nitish Kumar took to Twitter and said, “Whole heartedly thank PM Modi for response through his tweet about our decision.”
However, hitting out at Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said that his resignation was “pre-planned” as he has not ruled out the possibility of joining hands with the BJP.
(With inputs from IANS)