NDA back in Bihar: Nitish sworn as CM, Sushil Modi his deputy

Digvijaya dubs JD (U) bid to form Govt. with BJP as 'shameful'

Digvijaya dubs JD (U) bid to form Govt. with BJP as 'shameful'

Bihar saw a major turn of events on Wednesday evening when Nitish Kumar resigned from his post, instead of Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, as was being speculated and expected.

Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi and other BJP, JD (U) leaders met Bihar Governor KN Tripathi late Wednesday night.

The Congress party has also stepped in with Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shashi Tharoor targeting both the BJP and Nitish Kumar for the "betrayal". The graft-accused son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, in a series of tweets, lashed out at Nitish Kumar and the Bharatiya Janata Party for a "wicked power grab" that would trigger "repercussions".

But Mr Kumar's critics - among them politicians who had been left in the lurch by his recent turnaround - sense a hunger for power in his move. If the BJP joins the state government that would ultimately boost its strength in the upper house of the federal parliament, making it easier for Modi to push his reform agenda.

He addded that the mandate was given to Nitish-ji for the anti-communal fight but now he has joined hands with them for his personal politics. "koi neeyam, credibility nahin hai", Rahul said. If someone commits a mistake and has the guts to accept and rectify it, we should also welcome it and support that person. Kumar was today sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar for the sixth time.

It would be churlish, Nitish Kumar said, to vote a the ainst candidate who has such a strong link to Bihar.

He said the RJD is taking the opinion of legal experts on this issue.

"As far as Kerala is concerned we will never become the part of the JD (U) represented by Nitish Kumar".

This could be a ideal case of opportunism by Nitish Kumar or maybe his conscience did not allow him to form the government and so he chose to part ways, whatever be the case, the break-up of the "Mahagatbandhan" for sure is a body blow for the anti-BJP alliance for the General Elections in 2019.

The RJD has claimed the support of 27 Congress MLAs, 2 CPI-ML legislators and some Independents. "We still have good relations with him", said Prasad.

As they waited to take oath this morning, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi chatted with the ease that years of being together begets.

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi welcomed Kumar's decision to join the NDA.

"Whatever the price, we're ready to pay", he said.

Tejashwi Yadav, who led a protest march to the Raj Bhawan after midnight, told reporters that the swearing-in of NDA government was a "pre-planned conspiracy".

Nitish was also seemingly returning the favour to BJP by praising Narendra Modi and his various steps at regular intervals.

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