Patna: Nitish Kumar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi will take oath as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively on Thursday at 10 a.m.
The confirmation of the timing came from Sushil Modi, who said that they have submitted a letter, with support of 132 MLAs,
He also said that they have given 10 am as the time for swearing in, which initially was 5 pm.
“We have submitted a letter with support of 132 MLAs. We have been given the time of 10 a.m., today, for swearing in,” he told.
The news of Sushil Modi swearing in as the Deputy Chief Minister came from BJP Bihar president Nityanand Rai.
“The Governor invited us for oath ceremony at 10 a.m. today. Two people are to take oath- Nitish Kumar as the Chief Minister and Sushil Modi as the Deputy Chief Minister,” Rai told .
Meanwhile, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav took to Twitter to express his rage over the present developments.
He intimated that they are going to the Governor house to stage dharna, if not called for being the single largest party.
The rigmarole of Bihar politics ceases to come to a stop as Nitish Kumar, who stepped down as the Chief Minister, is all set to be sworn in Thursday for a second time as Bihar Chief Minister, this time with BJP help.
With this, Nitish has come back to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold.
This will be the sixth time, when Nitish will take the oath as the Bihar Chief Minister. Earlier, the maximum number was held by Pawan Chamling, who became Sikkim Chief Minister for a fifth time in a row.
The Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs had earlier met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to stake claim to form the government in the state.
14 ministers each from the BJP and the JD(U) will be reportedly sworn-in tomorrow.
The BJP earlier had declared ‘unconditional support’ for Nitish.
“Nityanand Rai ji and I called Nitish ji. The BJP has decided to support him. We will support the government formed under him. We will inform the governor also,” BJP leader Sushil Modi told.
Shortly after Kumar submitted his resignation, PM Modi tweeted, “For the bright future of India, and particularly Bihar, it is imperative that one goes beyond political differences and fights corruption.” Within minutes BJP MLAs of BJP rushed to meet the CM, prompting Lalu to call the whole resignation a well-orchestrated drama.
देश के, विशेष रूप से बिहार के उज्जवल भविष्य के लिए राजनीतिक मतभेदों से ऊपर उठकर भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ एक होकर लड़ना,आज देश और समय की माँग है
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2017
The BJP leader, however, had maintained silence over the kind of support or place that would be given to Nitish, and said further decisions will be taken later.
“We have accepted him as a BJP leader, and further decisions will be taken later,” he said.
Bihar saw a major turn of events on Wednesday evening when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post, instead of Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, as was being speculated and expected.
Nitish handed over his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and confirmed it to the media even as he emerged after meeting him.
“The Governor has accepted my resignation. I did everything a chief of a party in alliance should do. I myself have given away the post. Now, you will have to wait and see what happens next,” he said.
“Lalu had told me to run the government that’s in this distress. I never asked for anybody’s resignation. I asked Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav to prove false the allegations slapped against them.”
“It had become difficult for me to work in this enviroment. When I sided by demonetisation, they alleged me of having an ulterior motive. People had started believing falsely-reported things,” he added.
The development came hours after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav earlier in the day took a jibe at Nitish Kumar, saying he was aware of his longtime friend’s party’s – Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) – growing bonhomie with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Lalu also gave a pointed reminder that his party has the most number of seats in the legislature.
Addressing a press conference, he also said, “I made him the Chief Minister,” however, asserting that all was well with him.
The CBI registered a corruption case against Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav on allegations of awarding the tender for development, maintenance and operation of hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.
The RJD supremo, however, had refuted the allegations against him and called it a political conspiracy hatched by the BJP.
Since then, the BJP had been mounting pressure on Nitish to oust Tejashwi Yadav from the party.
Various internal meetings in the JD(U) and the RJD has also been taking place, every now and then, fuelling the reports and rumours that Tejashwi would soon quit the Cabinet.
The RJD, including Tejashwi himself and Lalu Yadav, had been asserting that Tejashwi would not resign, come what may.
Meanwhile, following Nitish’s resignation, Governor Tripathi was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna, due to a nose infection.