PATNA: Nitish Kumar has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 8th time. Governor Fagu Chauhan administered him the oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhavan in Patna on Wednesday afternoon.
Along with him, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav has also taken oath as a minister. He has become the Deputy CM of the state for the second time. In the new government of the Grand Alliance, the Council of Ministers will be formed later.
A day earlier, Nitish Kumar had resigned from the chief minister’s post, breaking ties with the NDA alliance. After this, he had staked claim to form a new government with the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Nitish Kumar has claimed the support of 165 MLAs. In the assembly elections of the year 2020, Nitish Kumar contested the election with the BJP. But for the last few days, differences between the two parties started coming out in the open.
On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar had called a meeting of MLAs and MPs of Janata Dal United, in which it was decided to separate from the BJP. Nitish Kumar has taken oath as the Chief Minister for the eighth time.
For the first time he took oath as Chief Minister on 3 March 2000. At that time he did not have a majority and had to step down after seven days. In 2005, Nitish Kumar took oath as the Chief Minister for the second time. This time he formed the government with the help of BJP.
In the year 2010, once again with the BJP, he formed the government and took oath as the CM for the third time. But in 2013 he left the BJP. After the defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he resigned from the post of Chief Minister and made Jitan Ram Manjhi the Chief Minister.
But in 2015, he once again took oath as the Chief Minister and said that it was his mistake to resign. After this, before the 2015 assembly elections, he formed a grand alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal. The Grand Alliance got a big success in the election and Nitish Kumar took oath as CM for the fifth time.
While, in 2017 he broke ties with RJD. He formed the BJP government and took oath as CM for the sixth time. He fought with BJP in the 2020 assembly elections and then took oath as CM for the seventh time. But now he has once again separated from BJP and together with RJD, he has formed the government and has taken oath as CM for the eighth time.