NDA back in Bihar: Nitish Kumar is CM again, leaves opposition alliance in tatters

NDA back in Bihar: Nitish Kumar is CM again, leaves opposition alliance in tatters

People do anything for their selfish motives: Rahul

Patna: Nitish Kumar once again took over as chief minister of Bihar with BJP’s support on Thursday, leaving the opposition grand alliance in tatters and raising questions over its ability to counter the saffron party in the 2019 general elections.

A little more than 12 hours after Kumar, 66, resigned to break ranks with his allies — Lalu Yadav’s RJD party and the Congress — he was back in office after being sworn in by Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhawan.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was also sworn in, and will be the deputy chief minister.

The deft political manoeuvres by Janata Dal (United) chief Kumar left the opposition stunned as he joined hands with friend-turned-foe-turned-friend BJP. The two parties were in alliance until 2013, when Kumar walked out of the NDA fold after Narendra Modi became the prime ministerial candidate.

The governor has asked Kumar to prove his majority on the floor of the House today.

“Whatever decision we have taken will be in the interest of Bihar and of its people. It will ensure development and justice,” Kumar told reporters after the swearing-in.

“This is a collective decision. I ensure that our commitment is towards the people of Bihar,” he said.

Immediately after the swearing-in, the JD(U) announced that it will support the BJP-led NDA government in both the houses of Parliament.

The sharp reactions from the opposition were predictable.

“He (Nitish) had joined hands with us in the anti- communal fight, but Nitish Kumar, for his personal politics, joined hands with those against whom he had fought,” said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

“People do anything for their selfish motives. There is no principle, no credibility. They can do anything for power,” he said.

Modi congratulated Kumar and said he looked forward to working together for Bihar’s prosperity.

Nobody from the RJD or the Congress attended the swearing-in ceremony protesting the “denial of chance” to the RJD, the single-largest party in the state assembly, to form government.