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Published On: Thu, Jul 27th, 2017

Nitish Takes Charge After Dramatic Break-Up in Bihar

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Patna: Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administers oath to JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief MInister at Raj Bhawan, in Patna on Thursday. PTI photo (PTI7_27_2017_000002B)

NEW DELHI/ PATNA: Less than 24-hours after Nitish Kumar unexpectedly resigned last night, he has taken oath as the state’s CM for the sixth time. Sushil Modi has taken oath as Bihar Deputy Chief minister. Pricked by his conscience, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday resigned within hours after his alliance partner Lau Prasad ruled out the possibility of his son Tejashwi Prasad’s resignation over corruption charges.

Following a series of dramatic events, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar  followed this move was a “scripted” sequence of events, according to a Congress leader – the BJP swiftly moved in, praising Mr. Kumar’s action, and giving its letter of support to a government headed by him. Nitish Kumar takes over as CM for sixth timeFrom joining hands with the BJP in 1996, to switching loyalty to the party in 2017, Nitish Kumar’s political career is marked by many U-turns.
JD(U)’s state unit president Bashishtha Narayan Singh dismissed all allegations of opportunism against Mr. Kumar.”Nitish Kumar took this decision in consonance with the kind of politics he has always done which is good governance and zero tolerance for corruption. The first duty of any political leader is to ensue that governance is a priority,” he said.
After resigning yesterday, Nitish Kumar referred to his meeting with Mr Gandhi and said he was disappointed that “nothing happened” after he sought the Congress leader’s intervention in connection with Tejashwi Yadav. “I met Rahul Gandhi who had torn an ordinance that sought to enable people sentenced to more than two years in jail to contest elections. But except for some superficial talk, nothing happened,” Mr Kumar said.
Commenting that he had “knocked every door” to salvage the alliance, Mr Kumar said: “I heard the voice of my conscience and decided to pull myself out of this coalition.”

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