NITISH Kumar may take oath as Bihar Chief Minister for a fourth successive term next week but the date has not been finalised yet, a close aide said on Thursday. However, speculation is rife in political circles that he will be sworn in on Monday, the day ‘Bhaiyya Dooj’ festival will be celebrated, as it is considered an auspicious day. He will visit the State party headquarters later Thursday to meet the newly elected MLAs and other JD(U) functionaries. Raj Bhawan sources said they have not received any communication about when the swearing-in ceremony will take place. Before he is sworn-in as the Chief Minister again, Nitish Kumar has to tender his resignation to the Governor.
The newly-elected MLAs of the NDA are yet to meet formally and elect Kumar as their leader. However, with top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, strongly endorsing Kumar as the Chief Minister, there are no doubts over a fourth straight term for him in the high office. Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinivas, meanwhile, submitted the list of winning candidates in the Assembly elections to Governor Phagu Chauhan at Raj Bhawan. Poll results in 11 States show people back Modi: Shah: UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the recently held election results showed that 135 crore people of the country are standing with PM Narendra Modi. Shah was speaking at a programme held for the Border Areas Development Programme (BADP) at Dhordo, Kutch in Gujarat. “Some people in the country see negative in everything and anything, even if it is positive and complain about the Modi Government’s decisions and see it as failures. But recent results of elections in 11 states have sent out a clear message that the 135 crore people of India are standing like a rock with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Shah added, “The people of India have wiped out such negative forces in the recently held elections.” Shah was visiting the Tent City of Dhordo in Kutch to address the first Sarpanchs Convention of border villages, in which village heads of 158 villages on Gujarat’s border with Pakistan, from three districts, Kutch, Patan and Banaskantha participated. Earlier in the day, Shah also inaugurated the exhibition held for the work done in the border area by the Border Security Force (BSF) and also by the Gujarat Government.
Tejashwi elected MGB legislature party leader
Nov 12 (PTI)
RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav was on Thursday elected the leader of the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) legislature party and promptly hit out at the NDA, claiming it won the Assembly elections through “deceit”. Addressing a press conference, Yadav mocked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose JD(U) has been relegated to the third position in terms of seat tally, and wondered whether the latter would “heed his conscience and give up his attachment to the chair”.
He was obviously referring to Kumar resigning and snapping ties with the Grand Alliance before returning to the NDA fold in 2017 after Tejashwi’s name had cropped up in a money laundering case. Kumar had then said he was stepping down after heeding his conscience (atma ki awaaz). Yadav claimed the people’s mandate was for a change but it was manipulated. “It was undoubtedly a mandate for change. The NDA won by dhan, bal and chhal (money, muscle power and deceit,” he alleged. Asked whether the Mahagathbandhan would try to muster numbers to form its own Government, he said, “We will go to the people who gave the mandate. If they express such a wish we will act accordingly.” Quoting election data, he claimed the NDA got only 12,270 votes more than the Mahagathbandhan.
“How can it convert into their victory in 15 more seats than us? We believe that had the counting of votes been fair, we would have returned with a tally of more than 130 seats,” said Yadav, whose coalition has won 110 seats, 12 less than the magic figure of 122. The NDA clinched 125 seats. He said his alliance will write to the Election Commission and point out the “discrepancies”. “In so many constituencies, postal ballots were counted in the end and not at the beginning of counting which is the norm. Moreover, there were seats where as many as 900 postal ballots were invalidated,” the RJD leader alleged.
“We suspect this was done to offset the support we had received from a large number of servicemen who were moved by our commitment to one rank, one pension scheme. We demand recounting of postal ballots in all such constituencies and the process be videographed,” Yadav asserted. The 31-year-old former deputy chief minister alleged that errant polling officials had acted like a “prakoshth” (cell) of the BJP, and replied in the affirmative when asked if legal remedy could be explored if the EC did not satisfactorily address the concerns.