JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and BJP senior leader Sushil Modi were administered the oath of office by Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhawan in Patna on Thursday morning.
Kumar was sworn in as the state chief minister a day after he resigned from the post. He dumped the grand alliance in the state to switch over to the BJP camp, and was reinstated as chief minister in less than 24 hours.
Kumar said that his decision to part ways with the RJD and join hands with the BJP was taken in the interest of Bihar and will ensure development and justice for the state.
“Decision to form new government taken in interest of Bihar, we will take the state to the path of prosperity, ” Nitish Kumar said after being sworn in as CM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi on being sworn in as the chief minister and the deputy chief minister respectively and said that he looked forward to working together for Bihar’s prosperity.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 27, 2017
Kumar unexpectedly resigned as CM yesterday, but hours later joined hands with the BJP to reclaim the government in a stunning political move that relegated his alliance partner RJD to the opposition.
The ostensible reason for Kumar to quit was his falling out with Deputy Chief Minister Teshaswi Yadav, the son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad. Yadav is facing corruption charges but had refused to step down despite Kumar’s warning.
“In the circumstances that prevail in Bihar, it became difficult to run the grand alliance government,” Kumar had told reporters outside Raj Bhavan after submitting his resignation to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.
But in a series of fast paced developments that unfolded over the next few hours it became clear that Kumar was going to be the ultimate winner.
First, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for his “honesty” in standing up to corruption. Then the BJP said it would support him, and its legislators met Kumar’s JD(U) MLAs.
After the meeting, Kumar, accompanied by senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi drove to Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the government.
Modi later told journalists that a list of 132 MLAs supporting the alliance was submitted to the governor who has invited Kumar to form the government. These include 71 of JD(U), BJP 53, RLSP 2, LJP 2, HAM 1 and three Independents.
The JD(U)-BJP combine have now returned to power after four years in the politically volatile state. Prodded by Kumar, the JD(U) had walked out of the NDA in July 2013 after Narendra Modi was nominated head of the BJP’s campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.