Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister for 8th Time Today - All You Need to Know

Nitish Kumar to be sworn in as Bihar CM: Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 8th time today at the Rajendra Mandapam inside Raj Bhavan. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will also take oath as the Deputy Chief Minister. 

Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister for 8th Time Today
Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister for 8th Time Today

Nitish Kumar to be sworn in as Bihar CM: Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 8th time today at the Rajendra Mandapam inside Raj Bhavan. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav will also take oath as the Deputy Chief Minister. Earlier on Tuesday, Nitish Kumar announced his resignation as the Bihar Chief Minister under JD(U) - BJP’s NDA coalition. With his resignation, Nitish ended the nearly three-year-old alliance with BJP. Later in the evening, Nitish reached out to Bihar Governor Phagu Chouhan to form a fresh government with support from RJD and other opposition parties. While laying the claim to form a new Government, Nitish Kumar submitted a letter to Bihar Governor with the support of 164 MLAs.

How did Nitish Manage to get Majority in Bihar Assembly?

One of the biggest challenges that Nitish had while navigating from the BJP-led NDA to Mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) was to figure out the electoral mathematics. Currently, the effective strength of the Bihar Assembly stands at 242 members and any party or coalition that wants to form a government would need 122 MLAs for a majority.

Currently, Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has the maximum number of seats i.e., 79 followed by BJP with 77 seats and JDU with 44. To form a fresh government, Nitish Kumar has joined hands with RJD by conceding the Deputy Chief Ministership to Tejashwi Yadav. He will also enjoy the support of Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) along with an independent MLA.

In addition to these major players, Congress also has 19 MLAs in the Bihar Assembly along withCPIML(L)’s 12 and CPI and CPI (M) with 2 each. Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM also has a lone MLA in Bihar Assembly.   

Why did Nitish Kumar quit NDA and resign as Chief Minister?

Speaking to media persons after submitting his resignation as Bihar Chief Minister under NDA, Nitish Kumar said the decision to quit NDA and move away from the BJPwas based on the feedback he received from his party's legislators. This is the second time that JD(U) has decided to part ways withthe BJP-led NDA in the last 9 years. “My party leaders were saying since long that enough is enough and we should come out of the BJP alliance and when talks were done with the RJD, we took the decision”, Kumar said on Tuesday. Reacting to Nitish’s powerplay in Bihar, BJP has said that it "disrespected the mandate given by the people of Bihar".

Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister

JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar is the second longest serving Chief Minister of Bihar with this term extending up to 8 years and 117 Days from 24 November 2005 to 20 May 2014. Congress’s Shri Krishna Sinha holds the record for being the longest serving Bihar CM with his tenure extending up to 11 years and 5 days.

Assembly

Period

Party / Alliance

12th Assembly (2000 Election)

3rd March 2000

to

10th March 2000

Samta Party

14th Assembly (Oct 2005 Election)

24th November 2005

to

26th November 2010

Janta Dal (United)

15th Assembly (2010 Election)

26th November 2010

to

20th May 2014

Janta Dal (United)

15th Assembly (2010 Election)

22nd February 2015

to

20th November 2015

Janta Dal (United)

16th Assembly (2015 Election)

20th November 2015

to

16th November 2020

Janta Dal (United)

17th Assembly (2020 Election)

16th November 2020

to

9th August 2022

Janta Dal (United)

17th Assembly (2020 Election)

10th August 2022

to

Incumbent

Janta Dal (United)

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