Bihar news: Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar CM for the 8th time in 22 years

Nitish Kumar is all set to take oath as Bihar’s chief minister again, the eighth time since he was first sworn-in as the CM of the state in 2000, a day after moving out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Kumar first took oath as the CM of Bihar on March 3, 2000 despite falling short of a majority, and remained the CM for seven days. Since neither the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) nor the NDA could cross the halfway mark in the Assembly, Nitish resigned on March 10, 2000 even before the vote of confidence could take place in the Assembly.

Nitish Kumar took oath as the Bihar CM for the second time in 2005 when his party won 88 seats and its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 55 seats. The government sailed through the majority mark of 122 in a curtailed 243-member House due to the formation of Jharkhand. He successfully completed his five-year term.

He was again sworn in as the CM in 2010, but in 2013 he dumped the BJP and after the poll loss he resigned and appointed Jitan Ram Manjhi as the CM. However, he returned as the CM in 2015 and said it was a mistake to resign. In 2015 he allied with the RJD and swept the polls, but in 2017 he parted ways with the RJD, teamed up with the BJP and continued until the Assembly election in 2020. He was sworn-in as the CM for the seventh time.

Kumar is all set to take oath for the eighth time.

Kumar will be administered the oath of office by Governor Phagu Chauhan at a simple ceremony inside the Raj Bhavan at 2 pm.

Tejashwi Yadav, whose RJD helms the Grand Alliance that elected Kumar as its leader on Tuesday, is also scheduled to be sworn in, with him returning as the deputy chief minister for the second time.

Earlier, it was understood that only Kumar and Yadav will be taking oath although sources in the multi-party Grand Alliance now hint at the possibility of “three to five” ministers being sworn in.

Besides JD(U) and RJD, the Congress is expected to be represented in the new cabinet. Left parties CPIML(L), CPI and CPI(M) have expressed their intention to support the new government from outside.

Kumar had on Tuesday quit the BJP, stripping the party of power, before resigning and staking claim to form a new government, armed with the support of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance).

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