Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administers the oath of office to Janata Dal (United) National President Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Monday. (PTI)
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Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly is likely to be from the BJP NDA family will work together for progress of Bihar, says PM
JANATA Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth straight term on Monday afternoon after closely-fought legislative assembly elections in the State. Notably, it is the seventh time when Nitish Kumar is being sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda attended the oath-taking ceremony of JD(U) chief as the new Chief Minister of the State. BJP’s Bihar in-charge Devendra Fadnavis also participated in the event.
Nitish Kumar’s new deputies - BJP’s Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi were also sworn in on Monday. The Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly is likely to be from the BJP, sources said on Monday. The main Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) boycotted the swearing-in ceremony stating the mandate was against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In a tweet, the RJD said: “The RJD boycotts swearing-in ceremony. The mandate for change is against the NDA.
The mandate has been changed on the State’s directions. Ask the unemployed, farmers, contract workers and employed teachers of Bihar what is going on with them. The public is agitated by the fraud of the NDA. We are the public’s representatives and stand with them.” The NDA has secured a 125-seat majority in the 243-seat strong Bihar Legislative Assembly of which BJP won on 74 seats, JD(U) on 43 while eight seats were won by two other NDA constituents. The RJD, on the other hand, emerged as the single-largest party with 75 seats while the Congress only won 19 of the 70 seats it had contested on.