Amid the political crisis in the state, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar on Thursday again took oath as Bihar Chief Minister, thus dumping the Grand Alliance.

Hours after resigning as the CM of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, in a complete U-turn from his earlier stand, met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi with NDA leaders and staked claim to form a new government with the support of the BJP.

The Raj Bhavan in Bihar echoed with chants of “Nitish Kumar Zindabad” as Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered the oath to Nitish Kumar. BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister.

The BJP offered support to Nitish Kumar after he resigned as Chief Minister on Wednesday.

Speaking to the media Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)’s Tejashwi Yadav said, “Each development seemed planned. It was all pre-decided. Why was everything done in such rush? His resignation, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backing him, and staking claim to form government within hours of resignation, proves it.”

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02:58 PM IST | Hitting back at the murder charges levelled by Lalu Prasad Yadav, JD(U) leader Lallan Singh said, “Lalu has a habit of twisting facts”.

Clearing out on the charges levelled, Lallan Singh said that the killing took place on November 16, 1991, when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the chief minister. Around 5 people were accused in the case, including Nitish Kumar. However, after investigation, it was found that Nitish was innocent.

02:42 PM IST | Mocking the ‘grand alliance’, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that he had already stated that this government will not last long no matter what, but Lalu Prasad Yadav ignored his suggestions and instead called him a political weather expert. 

02:37 PM IST | Joining the chorus with Gulam Nabi Azad, Congress senior leader RS Surjewala fired cannons against Nitish Kumar’s Party — RJD — claiming that his party had secured least number votes out of the three parties which were contesting the elections, even then he was made the CM, after wishes from Congress President Sonia Gandhi and VP Rahul Gandhi.  

PM Modi had questioned political DNA of Nitish Kumar; it has been proved that DNAs of JDU and BJP are identical, its opportunism, he said.

02: 21 PM IST | Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad slammed Nitish Kumar and called him a politician who can do anything to stay in power.

Speaking to the media outside Parliament, Azad said, “Nitish cannot stay with anyone he has a habit of changing parties every five years.” He (Nitish) will do anything to stay in power, he added.

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02: 15 PM IST | Reacting to the comments by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi that he Nitish Kumar had betrayed the mandate of people of Bihar, JDU said that how can it be a betrayal if they already knew about their stand.

“Congress says we betrayed them, also says this was going on since 3-4 months. How can it be a betrayal if they already knew?,” said Ajay Alok, JDU.

Speaking further Alok said, “We had told them we are taking back our support, Nitish Kumar had met Rahul Gandhi.”

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi has slammed Nitish Kumar for showing political opportunism and leaving the grand alliance.

Talking to the media Rahul said, “Mandate was given to Nitish ji for the anti-communal fight but now he has joined hands with BJP for his personal politics.”

Rahul also said that he was aware of the motive of Nitish Kumar to ditch the grand alliance for BJP.

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01: 52 PM IST | We will continue to work for the development of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav is free to go to the court, says Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi.

Talking to the media, Sushil Modi said that had Tejaswi Yadav resigned from the Bihar government when the charges of corruption were leveled against him by CBI, the grand alliance would not have taken a hit.

01: 35 PM IST | We are considering to appeal in Supreme court against Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s decision to let Nitish Kumar form government in the state: Lalu Prasad Yadav 

01: 15  PM IST | Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is a murder accused of Congress leader Sita Ram Singh. The police have leveled charges under IPC section 147, 148, 149, 302, 307: Lalu Prasad Yadav

01: 05 PM IST | Nitish Kumar to prove his majority in a special session of the Bihar Assembly on 28th July

12: 48 PM IST | Hitting out on BJP president Amit Shah, Lalu said, “Amit Shah is the Super Editor, he decides how news should be and he tells owners of media, who tells editors, not reporters fault.”

Speaking further, Lalu Yadav said that US Media is fighting against President Donald Trump, while some of the people in media are bribed to fight against the opposition.

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12: 36 PM IST | Speaking on the political fiasco in the state of Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav said that Nitish Kumar is a huge opportunist.

“Nitish Kumar is a huge opportunist. The mandate was against BJP, to throw out Modi-Shah out of Bihar,” said Lalu Yadav.

He further said that Nitish Kumar used to say that he would never make any alliance with the BJP ever, and yet he backstabbed everyone.

“I put a tika on his forehead, said to go and  rule the state, I had no greed in my heart, else why would I nominate him as Chief Minister,” he said.

“On many occasions, Nitish met PM Modi, had lunch. The timing of whatever happened was already fixed,” added Lalu.

12: 20 PM IST | Here is a look at how the numbers stack in the Bihar state Assembly.

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12: 10 PM IST | Meeting between Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Modi underway to discuss the distribution of portfolio and ministerial berths in the state cabinet.

11: 09 AM IST | Speaking to the media, after being sworn in as Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar said that his decision to move out of the grand alliance is in the interest of the state.

“My decision is in Bihar’s interest and for its development,” said Nitish.

Meanwhile, his Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said that together JD(U) and BJP will take Bihar to greater heights.

“Development will be a priority, will take Bihar to greater heights,” said Sushil Modi

10: 40 AM IST | Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has slammed Nitish Kumar for showing political opportunism and leaving the grand alliance.

Talking to the media Rahul said, “Mandate was given to Nitish ji for the anti-communal fight but now he has joined hands with BJP for his personal politics.”

10: 30 AM IST | Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished Nitish Kumar after he took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar.ji & Sushil Modi

Taking to micro blogging site Twitter, he said, ” Nitish ji & Sushil Modi ji. Looking forward to working together for Bihar’s progress & prosperity.”

10: 07 AM IST | Nitish Kumar sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time; Sushil Modi Deputy CM.

10: 03 AM IST | Oath taking ceremony begins in Raj Bhawan

09: 40 AM IST | Heavy arrangement of security outside Raj Bhawan in Patna; preparations underway as Nitish Kumar set to be sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister for the 6th time today

09: 30 AM IST | Nitish Kumar along with JD(U) lawmakers has reached Raj Bhawan where he will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Bihar.

09: 25 AM IST | Taking a pot shot at Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar, Congress on Thursday said that he should come back and be part of the grand alliance that the voters of state chose over Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

“Nitish ji should know that people of Bihar chose ‘maha gatbandhan’ over the BJP government; he should come back and be the part of grand alliance,” said Digvijay Singh.

Terming Nitish’s resignation as a disappointing step, senior leader and general secretary of Congress Digvijay Singh said, “Nitish’s step is disappointing. Was he not aware about Lalu ji and his family.”

09: 20 AM IST | Slamming Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi for allowing Nitish Kumar to form government in the state, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday said, “once again, the Governor of Bihar has breached the Sarkaria Commission and the Supreme Court of India.”

Taking his stand on the Bihar fiasco, Digjiay took to Twitter and said that despite being the single largest party in Bihar, RJD was not given an opportunity to claim government formation.

Condemning BJP for offering to support Nitish Kumar, he said that the saffron party has no trust in the democracy of India.

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08: 30 AM IST | Meanwhile, The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supporters have blocked Mahatma Gandhi Setu that connects north Bihar with Patna.

Protesting over Nitish Kumar’s resignation and his decision to form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), RJD supporters sat on a dharna demanding their party an opportunity to form government in Bihar.

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Last night, Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has invited Bihar deputy chief minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and five other RJD MLAs for discussion.

Speaking to the media, Tejashwi said that being the largest party, the RJD should have been invited to form government in Bihar instead of JD(U)

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08: 20 AM IST | Senior JD(U) MP Ali Anwar says that he will not align with party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to form an alliance with BJP.

Speaking to the media he said, though Nitish Kumar has listened to his soul, his (Ali Anwar) conscience does not allow me to join hands with BJP.

“Nitish ji ne apni aatma ki awaaz par BJP ke saath jaane ka faisla kiya lekin mera zameer gawara nhi karta,” he said.

Anwar further said that if given an opportunity, he will voice his opinion in the party meeting.

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08: 02 AM IST | In dramatic developments in Bihar, Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned as Chief Minister dumping the RJD and Congress to stitch a new alliance with BJP, which quickly announced support to a new government under him and said it will join it too.

Nitish Kumar, whose resignation was immediately accepted by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, is expected to stake claim to form the new government on Thursday at 10 AM, Sushil Kumar Modi is likely to return as Deputy Chief Minister.

Ending a 20-month-long coalition of the Grand Alliance that defeated the BJP in 2015, Nitish Kumar met the Governor in the evening and handed his resignation claiming he can’t work in the “current circumstances” following corruption charges against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav — son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

08: 05 AM IST | RECAP: A day after Janata Dal United (JD(U)) chief Nitish Kumar orchestrated one of the biggest political slugfest in Bihar, the former state chief minister is all set to be sworn in as National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Chief Minister today at 10 AM after he submitted a list of 132 supporting MLAs to Governor KN Tripathi on Wednesday.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Sushil Modi will be sworn in as Bihar’s deputy chief minister.

The newly formed government will be given a day’s time to prove their majority as the floor test is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

The news was confirmed after BJP’s Sushil Modi tweeted a picture of himself and Nitish Kumar, leaving the Governor’s residence after receiving an invitation to form the next government of Bihar.

On Wednesday evening, Bihar was caught up in one of the biggest political turmoil after CM Nitish Kumar had resigned from his post. The resignation came in after the ‘mahagathbandhan’ partner, Lalu Prasad Yadav ruled out the resignation of his son Tejashwi Yadav who currently faces corruption charges.

The resignation which came in after a fight with ‘corruption’ drew praises from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Following the reports that the Governor has given nod to NDA and Nitish Kumar’s government, Tejashwi Yadav had led a protest to Raj Bhawan.

Taking to his twitter handle, Tejaswi Yadav tweeted, “Governor gave us the time of 11 AM and now suddenly has asked NDA for oath ceremony at 10 AM. Why so much hurry & rush Mr. Honest & Moral?”

Joining the league of criticism for Nitish Kumar’s move and Guv’s act, RJD handle tweeted, “A Governor should act as custodian of constitution, not as Centre’s stooge. He can’t ignore single largest party & largest pre-poll alliance.”

The sudden end of the two-year Bihar alliance will considerably wind the attempt of the opposition to build a party front that is hoping to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term in upcoming 2019 elections.