Bihar Assembly Elections 2015

Nitish to take oath as Bihar CM on Nov. 20

Chief Minister-designate Nitish Kumar on Saturday met Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and staked claim to form the government. The oath-taking will be held at the Gandhi Maidan here on November 20.

Earlier, Rashtriya Janata Dal MLAs met for the second time at the former Chief Minister Rabri Devi’s residence to elect their legislature party leader, but again no decision was taken amid speculation that some seniors opposed the name of Tejaswi Yadav, younger son of Lalu Prasad, for the post. But many young MLAs have demanded that Mr. Tejaswi Yadav , elected from Raghopur, be made RJD legislature party leader.

Party sources told The Hindu that Mr. Lalu Prasad was also been facing opposition at home front as his elder son Tej Pratap too has won election from Mahua assembly constituency and said to be favourite of Rabri Devi. At the same time, in presence of party president Sharad Yadav and general secretary K C Tyagi, Mr. Nitish Kumar was elected as leader of the JD(U) legislature party.

Later, all the MLAs of three constituents the RJD, the JD(U) and the Congress met at the annexe building of the State Council and unanimously elected Mr. Nitish Kumar as leader of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance).

State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh presided over the meeting, while former Ms. Rabri Devi proposed the name of Mr. Nitish Kumar and the Bihar in-charge of the Congress C.P. Joshi seconded it.

Soon after, both Mr. Nitish Kumar and Mr. Lalu Prasad drove straight to the Raj Bhawan in a same car and staked claim for the government formation. Chief Ministers of several states like West Bengal, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other prominent leaders of the country have been invited for the swearing-in ceremony of the new government.

Meanwhile, the JD (U) sources told The Hindu that Mr. Nitish Kumar will be taking oath along with his 35-member cabinet, 16 from RJD, 14 from JD(U) and five from the Congress. Senior Congress leader Sadanand Singh might be the next Speaker of the State assembly, said party sources.

Mr. Kumar also said that all three alliance parties would be part of the new government, “which will work unitedly as per the rule of law.” “We’ve got the mandate to work and the government will run according to people’s expectation and aspirations…we’ll follow the common minimum programme with the seven determinations promised earlier, to take Bihar further on development path,” Mr. Nitish Kumar told journalists.

He also said that his government would work without any discrimination and prejudices against anyone and “need support from the Opposition as well.”

However, Mr. Lalu Prasad said that mission to form the government has now been accomplished and everything else would fall in line accordingly.

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