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Key NDA Meeting Today, Nitish Kumar Eyes Another Term Amid Speculations

The JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar was pushed to the third number in recent elections, as opponent Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD emerged as a single largest party.

As a legislators’ meeting of the National Democratic Alliance is to be held today, the decision on whether Nitish Kumar would get another term as Bihar’s chief minister will be taken. The pre-poll alliance of NDA has won the majority in Bihar elections.

The BJP-Janata Dal United (JDU) combine have already claimed a majority in the Bihar Assembly, and Mr Kumar has tendered his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan.

“Things will be discussed in detail (at the legislature party meeting) and all decisions will be taken at that time,” Nitish Kumar had told reporters on Friday.

However, despite BJP leaders making it clear in pre and post-election statements that Nitish Kumar would continue to be the CM of Bihar, speculations have been rife about his re-election for a fourth term since the JDU could only scoop up 45 seats with its vote share dropping to 15 per cent.

The JD(U) led by Nitish Kumar was pushed to the third number in recent elections, as opponent Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD emerged as a single largest party. The BJP outperformed its ally JD(U) becoming the second-largest party in the elections.

Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday took a jibe at Nitish Kumar, saying his party RJD was the winner of the election as the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister couldn’t stop it from becoming the single-largest party with 75 seats.

“See where Nitish Kumar’s glow has gone. He has been pushed to third position. This is a mandate for change. Nitish Kumar is sitting in the Chief Minister’s chair but we are in people’s hearts,” the RJD leader said.

It’s to be seen whether the BJP keeps its promise to continue with Kumar as the Chief Minister, or whether it plays the largest party card to claim the CM post. It’s also speculated that Nitish himself may deny the chief ministerial post because of the poor performance of his party.

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