Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar’s chief minister for the ninth time, alongside two BJP deputies.


A number of people, including the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), J. P. Nadda, were present at the swearing-in ceremony, during which supporters shouted “Jai Shri Ram.” By selecting Samrat Choudhary, a leader of the Kushwaha caste, and Vijay Kumar Sinha, a leader of the Bhumihar caste, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made the decision to select Deputy Chief Ministers who are members of the upper caste and the other castes.On ‘X,’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his congratulations to Kumar, saying,

“The National Democratic Alliance government that has been formed in Bihar will not leave any stone unturned to fulfill the aspirations of the people and work for the development of the state.” The appointment of Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha as Deputy Chief Ministers is something that I applaud. In order to better serve our people, I have faith that this team will work with dedication.Following the submission of his resignation earlier in the day, Kumar made the following statement:

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for 9th time with two BJP deputies |  Pics | Hindustan Times

“I have resigned and put an end to the government of Mahagathbandhan…Things did not appear to be going well. It was unanimously agreed upon that this alliance should be severed…In August of 2022, we had formed a new alliance, although it was also not functioning very well despite our efforts. I had been working a lot for Bihar, and I had also been working for the new alliance (the INDIA bloc), but none of those endeavors had been going very well until recently.

Several leaders of the JD(U) stated that the party would blame the Congress for not “valuing” Kumar and for the INDIA bloc “not being a serious initiative.” However, he did not mention the INDIA bloc.In the meantime, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the head of the RJD and a former Deputy Chief Minister, stated that the game was not yet finished (“khela abhi baaki hai”). When it comes to Nitish Kumar, I have always respected him, and I will continue to do so.

My question is, why should I not take credit for what I’ve done? However, the RJD had 79 members of the Legislative Assembly, while the JD(U) only had 45,” he stated.Nitish Kumar, who had previously stated that it was impossible to provide employment opportunities on a large scale, was forced to make an announcement on August 15, 2022, stating that job letters will be given as a result of my effort. Previously, this had not been done. Within the RJD were the departments of health, education, tourism, and information technology.

We introduced new policies regarding information technology and tourism… We are going to go to the audience. His statement was that the JD(U) will be completed as a party in the year 2024 itself.

In Pics: From 2005 to 2022, Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar CM for the 8th  time | Mint Primer

This is the eighth time that Kumar has switched sides since the year 2013. Following the dissolution of his relationship with the BJP in 2013, Kumar received backing from parties such as the Congress and the CPI, in addition to a faction of the RJD that was dissatisfied with him.

However, he resigned from his position a year later, accepting moral responsibility for the humiliating defeat that the JD(U) suffered in the Lok Sabha elections.After a period of less than a year, he returned to his position as Chief Minister, displacing his defiant protégé Jitan Ram Manjhi. This time, he received substantial backing from the RJD and Congress during his tenure. The Grand Alliance, which was formed by the JD(U), Congress, and RJD coming together, emerged victorious in the Assembly elections held in 2015, but it disintegrated in a span of just two years only.

After taking a position against the corruption taint that was placed on his then-deputy Tejashwi Yadav, Kumar returned to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2017, with the hope of gaining some traction.

In August of 2022, he once more severed his relations with the BJP, accusing it of attempting to “split” the JD(U), and he joined the Mahagathbandhan. He initiated the formation of a new administration by forming a coalition of multiple parties, which included the RJD and Congress.

Currently, the JD(U) has 45 members of the Bihar Assembly, whereas the BJP has 78 members of the assembly. In addition to this, Kumar will have the backing of one independent member. Jitan Ram Manjhi is the leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha, which is already a member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The RJD (79), the Congress (19), and the Left parties (16) have a combined total of 114 members in the Legislative Assembly (MLA), which is eight fewer than the majority.

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