Patna: Amid the turmoil in Bihar politics, Nitish Kumar on Wednesday took oath as Chief Minister of Bihar for the 8th time, while Tejashwi Yadav was sworn in as Deputy CM.
- Bihar did what the country needs to do. We’ve shown them a way. Our fight has been against unemployment. Our CM felt the pain of the poor & youth. We’ll give bumper jobs within one month to the poor & youth, it’ll be something so grand that it never happened before: Bihar Dy CM, Tejashwi Yadav
- Those who came to power in 2014, will they be victorious in 2024? I would like all (opposition) to be united for 2024. I am not a contender for any such post (on PM post): Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
- RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav takes oath as Deputy CM of Bihar
- Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for 8th time, after he announced a new “grand alliance” with Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD & other opposition parties
- People voted for the very same alliance during the state polls that have been formed now. The previous govt (BJP-JDU govt) was not as per the mandate of the people, it’s only now that the state govt will be as per the people’s mandate: Sharad Yadav
- Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan demanded President’s rule in Bihar followed by fresh elections.
- Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha extends unconditional support to Nitish Kumar & Mahagathbandhan
- Nitish Kumar after tendering his resignation and said “all MPs and MLAs are at a consensus that we should leave the NDA.”
- Nitish Kumar arrived at former CM Rabri Devi’s residence to confabulate with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.
- According to sources of ANI, RJD is likely to extend support to Nitish Kumar. There’ll be no differences on the allotment of portfolios.
- The RJD leaders were asked to hand over their mobile phones ahead of the meeting.
- Rumours of a growing rift between the BJP-JDU) ie the NDA alliance in Bihar intensified after Kumar skipped a key meeting of the NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday and JD(U) leader RCP Singh tendered his resignation from the party. Singh, once considered a close aide of Nitish Kumar had announced his exit from the party after being served a notice seeking an explanation on allegations of corruption.
- The RJD-led Opposition in the state has meanwhile said that it will welcome any re-alignment in Bihar’s ruling coalition without the BJP.
“For a long time the people of Bihar had been wanting the government with BJP to go and a people’s government to be formed. The BJP which has captured the Parliament wanted to do the same in Bihar assembly but we will not let their intentions succeed. We will support the overthrow of the BJP from power,” said Mahboob Alam, MLA of the CPI (ML) who arrived for the RJD meeting today.
- Bihar Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha said “There seems to be a situation of instability and in such a situation then definitely something will come out. The Central government has been using the central agencies. The situation has never been right for the past one year.”
- The Vikassheel Insaan Party chief Mukesh Sahani had earlier said that the BJP is indulging in politics of finishing its own alliance partners in many states. “It tried to break the JD(U) but Kumar took action. Earlier too, it did politics through Chirag Paswan. It’s better to take timely action,” Sahani said.
- Separately, chief minister Nitish Kumar has also called a meeting at his official residence here of members of both houses of Parliament and the state legislature. JD(U) MLC Kumud Verma and party MP Sunil Kumar were seen arriving at the residence of the Chief Minister.
- The RJD had emerged as the single-largest party in the 2020 Assembly elections in which the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 125 seats- BJP won 74, the JD(U) bagged 43, the Vikassheel Insaan Party got 4 and Hindustan Awaam Party (Secular) bagged 4 seats.