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Nitish Kumar sworn-in as Bihar CM for 6th time

28 July 2017

"A story of "rank opportunism and treachery with people's mandate" was written in Bihar today (Thursday) by BJP and Nitish Kumar".

Mr Kumar told reporters that he had a "zero tolerance" policy on corruption, and had asked his deputy to explain the charges against him to the public.

It first started with the resignation of Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister in protest against state Deputy and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) member Tejashwi Yadav's corruption charges.

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India: Congratulations to Nitish Kumar ji & Sushil Modi ji. The JD (U) and BJP snapped ties in 2013.

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If there is an insulting defeat to Modi after the 2014 elections, it is the election results in Bihar where he lost to the Opposition's Mahagatbandhan of RJD, JD (U) and Congress. Oath taking ceremonies have become important event in Bihar political circle and now Nitish wants a ministry to handle the oath taking ceremonies.

"One alternative, that we have been suggesting in the constitutional commission and before and after, is that the House should elect its leader instead of asking the person selected by the governor to take the confidence of the House", Kashyap said. This is Nitish's second innings in the last two years. "His party JD (U) only had 71 MLAs and RJD 80 MLAs".

Reacting to Kumar pulling out of the Congress-RJD-JD (U) Grand Alliance and forming a coalition government with the BJP, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that he knew about Kumar's plan three to four months before he pulled out of the alliance on Wednesday.

If Sharad Yadav, including the 5 Muslims and 6 Yadav legislators vote against Nitish, Bihar's political arrangement could again witness changes. The congress wanted to form the alliance of the like minded opposition parties and then take on the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, similar to what Sonia Gandhi did in 2004 to defeat the Vajpayee government.

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Bihar's BJP chief Sushil Modi has been sworn in as the new deputy chief minister. "We will take Bihar to greater heights", said Modi.

Known as an able administrator who established the rule of law in an otherwise lawless State, Nitish's gamble of aligning with estranged partners may not fetch him rich political dividends anymore in future.

"We waited from 11 am to 5 pm not knowing anything about what is happening but BJP swiftly acted", said Congress MLA Jennifer Monserrate.

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Nitish Kumar sworn-in as Bihar CM for 6th time