After key meeting with ally BJP as part of the National Democratic Alliance(NDA), JD(U) Chief Nitish Kumar on Sunday, the decision is final. Nitish is set to become the 23rd Chief Minister(CM) of Bihar and will be sworn in on Monday. Nitish who is formally elected as the head of the NDA legislature party in Bihar, will be back in power for a 4th term and met Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan at Raj Bhawan on Sunday to stake claim to form the new government.
“I submitted my resignation to the Governor(for the present term), after which he recognized me as the next Chief Minister of Bihar. The oath taking ceremony is tomorrow. Who all will be part of the cabinet will be revealed.” Said Nitish Kumar.
Former Maharashtra CM who was Bihar’s in charge of the recent polls Devendra Fadnavis and national general secretary in charge of Bihar Bhupendra Yadav met Nitish before he made his way to the Governor.
Also senior NDA leaders accompanied Bihar’s next CM to Raj Bhawan, signalling strong ties that remain intact between the BJP and the JD(U). Rajnath Singh and Sushil Kumar Modi were amongst BJP leaders who met the Governor.
However, the question is, who will be the Deputy CM and who all will make it to Nitish’s 4th cabinet as he chose not to comment on this. It is an internal matter of the NDA and Sushil Kumar Modi is the preferred candidate for the Deputy CM also considering the working equation with Nitish.
“We will announce the decision as and when we take it.” Said Rajnath Singh on the Deputy CM’s post after meeting the Governor.
Katihar BJP MLA Tar Kishor Prasad will be the leader of BJP legislator party in Bihar assembly.
Meanwhile opposition parties are questioning Nitish becoming the next CM saying that it was the Mahagathbandhan was the actual winner of the recently concluded elections. The NDA won by a thin margin, prompting the RJD to cry foul.
The NDA won 125 of 243 seats, which is 3 more than the halfway mark. However, the JD(U) is down from the 71 seats in 2015 to 43 seats in the recent elections, giving the BJP the upper hand in the alliance after winning 74 seats.
“It is expected, BJP relies upon Nitish Kumar’s leadership and BJP has been saying this clearly. But as far as Bihar is concerned, it is not going to be easy for BJP and Nitish Kumar given the people. They are not in favour of BJP-JD(U).” Said CPI leader D Raja.
“Nitish Kumar has been weakened by the BJP and now he will have to toe the line of the BJP.” Said Congress leader Tariq Anwar.
Will Nitish retain his absolute power over the government with BJP having the upper hand, prompting the opposition to also say that the next government will not be a stable one.