Hours after resigning, Nitish Kumar took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar on Thursday. Kumar is forming the government with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
His resignation came on Wednesday evening after he decided to break away from the Mahagathbandhan that the Janata Dal United (JDU), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress had formed just before the Bihar elections.
While Nitish took over as the CM, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has replaced Tejashwi Yadav as the Deputy Chief Minister. After taking oath, Nitish said: “My decision is in Bihar’s interest and for its development.” The Deputy CM also echoed the CM’s views who said that development will be a priority and they will ensure that Bihar reaches great heights.
As per reports, Inquilab Zindabad slogans were raised at the Raj Bhavan where Nitish Kumar took oath as CM CM for the 6th time.
A trust vote will be held in the Bihar Assembly on Saturday where Nitish will have to prove his majority. With 71 MLAs of the JDU along with BJP support, Nitish stands in a safe place in the assembly.
Nitish resigned on Wednesday after days of a tussle with the RJD over the allegations of corruption levelled against Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav. Nitish cited the same as the reason why he resigned as the Chief Minister. The decision came hours after Lalu said that his son wouldn’t resign despite allegations of his involvement in a corruption case.
Meanwhile, Tejashwi and RJD leaders had met the governor on Wednesday to protest his decision to invite Nitish and not the RJD to form the government in the state.