Patna: It is official: Nitish Kumar will be the chief minister of Bihar again. After the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formally elected JD-U president Nitish Kumar as its leader, he has staked claim on Sunday to form the government in Bihar.
Newly elected MLAs of NDA including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janata Dal (United), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) met here and elected Nitish as their leader. He will take oath tomorrow (Monday) as the chief minister for the fourth consecutive term.
Nitish was elected as the NDA leader at a meeting of all allies at the official residence of chief minister, in the presence of senior BJP leader and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who was sent by the party to ensure a smooth process for the formation of the next government.
Earlier, newly elected JD-U MLAs had elected Nitish Kumar as their leader.
The NDA has elected a BJP MLA Tarkishor Prasad as the leader of BJP legislature party in Bihar. However, whether Sushil Kumar Modi will be the deputy CM again, is yet to be revealed.
In the recently concluded Bihar assembly elections, the BJP won 74 seats (it has 53 MLAs in the outgoing Assembly), nearly more than double those of the JD-U, which won 43 seats (JD-U has 71 MLAs in the outgoing Assembly). The NDA together won 125 seats ,which is three more than the majority mark for the 243-strong Bihar state Assembly. The RJD, led by 31-year-old Tejashwi Yadav, emerged as the single-largest party with 75 seats. The opposition alliance won 110 seats.
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