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Nitish Kumar Elected As Leader Of NDA Legislature Party, May Take CM Oath Tomorrow

Amid speculations about a probable change of CM face after the voters’ mandate was seen as one against the Chief Minister, the MLAs of the ruling alliance formally named Mr Kumar as their leader today. 

The NDA, after a meeting of legislatures today, said Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister of Bihar for a fourth straight term. The NDA comprising of Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), BJP, VIP and HAM won the recently concluded Bihar elections with a wafer-thin majority. Sources said that the NDA leaders are on their way to meet the Governor to stake claim to form the government. As per sources, the oath ceremony is likely to take place tomorrow.

Out o f243 assembly seats in Bihar, the NDA had managed to win 125 seats, three seats more than required for a majority.

Amid speculations about a probable change of CM face after the voters’ mandate was seen as one against the Chief Minister, the MLAs of the ruling alliance formally named Mr Kumar as their leader today.

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 were 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.

 

 

 

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