NDA leader Nitish Kumar stakes claim to form Bihar government

Updated: 16 November, 2020 08:17 IST | Agencies | Patna

Kumar, who is on course to become the longest serving chief minister of the state, said the swearing-in will take place today around 4pm

JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar and HAM(S) Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi after meeting Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan in Patna. Pic/PTI
JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar and HAM(S) Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi after meeting Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan in Patna. Pic/PTI

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday met Governor Phagu Chauhan, after being unanimously elected as the leader of the NDA, and staked claim for the formation of the new government in the state.

Talking to the media outside his residence upon returning from the Raj Bhavan, Kumar said the swearing-in will take place on Monday evening and parried questions about details like whether BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi would be returning as his deputy.

"The Governor was handed over the letter of support from all four constituents of the NDA. As per his direction, we shall be taking oath at the Raj Bhavan, tomorrow, around 4-4.30 pm", said Kumar, who is on course to become the longest serving chief minister of Bihar.

"After the swearing-in, we will convene the meeting of the cabinet where a decision on convening the assembly session will be taken", said Kumar but evaded queries as to whether the BJP, which has won more seats than the chief minister's JD(U), has sought a greater representation in the cabinet.

Asked about Sushil Kumar Modi, known to be close to Kumar, he quipped "all things will be settled". Speculations have been rife that Modi may be replaced and these intensified after the senior BJP leader did not accompany Kumar to the Raj Bhavan but went to the State Guest.

House along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who has flown down as an observer of the BJP. Shortly after Kumars return from the Raj Bhavan, Singh and Modi met the Governor, fuelling further speculations about future of the latter in the state's politics. Katihar MLA Tarkishore Prasad has been elected the party's leader in the assembly, Rajnath Singh told the media.

Who will be Nitish's deputy?

With the election of Nitish Kumar as the leader of the ruling NDA in Bihar, all eyes are now set on who will be his deputy and other ministerial colleagues in his government. There is some suspense whether Sushil Kumar Modi will continue as deputy chief minister or if the saffron party would choose a new face. Names of eight-term MLA from Gaya town Prem Kumar and that of Kameshwar Choupal, a Dalit MLC, are also doing the rounds for the post in the political circles.

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First Published: 16 November, 2020 08:17 IST

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