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Bihar Assembly floor test highlights: Nitish Kumar wins trust vote; BJP-JD(U) to decision over Cabinet soon

Back as Bihar chief minister for the sixth time, Nitish Kumar on Thursday defended his decision to ally with BJP, insisting it was made in the interest of the state.

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Bihar Assembly floor test highlights: Nitish Kumar wins trust vote; BJP-JD(U) to decision over Cabinet soon

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12:44 (ist)

Nitish has been sworn-in as Bihar chief minister 6 times in the past 12 years


Nitish Kumar has been sworn in as Bihar chief minister for the sixth time in 12 years. The Janata Dal (United) chief, in a surprising move, deserted the Grand Alliance and is all set to form the government in Bihar with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Here is a look at Nitish's political career:

On 3 March, 2000 the then Samata Party leader Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar chief minister. 

On 24 November, 2005, Nitish staged a comeback as state chief minister with the support of BJP. 

Presiding over the top most post in the state, Nitish Kumar on 26 November 2010 became Bihar chief minister for the second consecutive time.

On 22 February 2015, Nitish took oath as the Bihar chief minister for the fourth time. Nitish had succeeded Jitan Ram Manjhi, who had resigned from his office on 20 February, 2015.

On 20 November, 2015, Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar’s 35th chief minister. 

In a jolt to Lalu Prasad Yadav and the Grand Alliance, Nitish Kumar on Wednesday tenderd his resignation merely an hour after Lalu reasserted that their was no bitterness in the alliance.

09:50 (ist)

Nitish Kumar's resignation sounds the death knell for 'secularism' as a political platform

Amid a fast-paced turn of events that would put even Christopher Nolan's movies to shame, Bihar's ex-chief minister Nitish Kumar is slated to be sworn in as the state's next chief minister at 10 am on Thursday morning. The evening that started with the JD(U) chief tendering his resignation from the chief minister's post and dealing a fatal blow to the Mahagathbandhan, ended with him firmly in the driver's seat, poised to return as chief minister this time with NDA's support. It was easier perhaps to keep track of the wickets that fell during India's last 10 overs against England in the final of ICC Women's World Cup last Sunday.

A plethora of narratives emerged from the potboiler, none as striking as the futility of 'secularism' as a political platform. When Nitish Kumar walked over to the BJP ditching his 'grand alliance' with RJD and Congress, the death knell for 'secularism' as a political slogan was well and truly sounded. It has now become a corrupted, discredited word — a totem for everything between Congress-style mediocrity to RJD-style corruption.

A more compelling platform has emerged in its place. Championed by BJP, the magnetism of 'anti-corruption' as a political slogan is evident. So strong is its appeal that from Ram Vilas Paswan to Nitish Kumar, all self-styled champions of 'secularism' are reneging on their stated positions on 'communalism' and joining hands with BJP under the 'anti-corruption' umbrella. Politics follows the power principle, not moral codes. Suddenly, Narendra Modi and BJP are no longer political untouchables, but the fulcrum around which national politics revolves.

Timing is everything. 

09:32 (ist)

History will record Nitish Kumar as an opportunistic politician, not as a guardian of pure politics

Nitish Kumar has made a historical blunder by cosying up to the BJP. While the entire country was looking up to him to lead an anti-BJP alliance in the 2019 elections, he has chosen to betray his own destiny by becoming a minion of India's ruling clique, giving up the opportunity to become the leader of its opposition and a possible shot at greatness.

Several decades later, when the history of Indian politics is written, the current chapter of politics is revisited in the light of facts — not fiction or hyperbole — Kumar would be mentioned in a footnote as someone who promised greatness but embraced opportunism, bringing about his own political demise.

Kumar's decision to resign as Bihar's chief minister, though understandable, is shocking. It smacks not just of hypocrisy but also of opportunism on steroids. That he decided to quit as Bihar's chief minister and then return within a few hours with the support of the BJP points at a scripted drama whose denouement was decided in consultation with his one time rivals to the detriment of his current allies. 

09:18 (ist)

Game over for RJD as JD(U), BJP have the numbers to form govt

With BJP's backing, Nitish intends to stake claim to form the government. On Thursday, he will take oath as Bihar chief minister to return to his seat, while BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi will also swear-in, but as the deputy chief minister to replace Tejashwi Yadav. Even though Nitish's masterstroke has not gone down well with Tejashwi, there is nothing that the RJD supremo's son can do about it.

The JD(U)-BJP combination has the numbers in the Bihar Assembly to prove its majority. Together, the JD(U) and NDA allies have 129 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, seven more than the magic figure of 122.

While RJD has 80 MLAs, even if it tries to form alliance with Congress, which has 27 MLAs, and CPI-ML, which has three, their number would only add up to 110. There are four independent MLAs who are likely to throw their weight behind the coalition which enjoys majority support.

09:14 (ist)

After resignation, Nitish Kumar's biggest challenge is to keep the JD(U) united

After resigning from the post of chief minister, Nitish Kumar's biggest challenge would be to keep his own party united. Leaders from Congress and RJD have already started criticising his move, alleging that the JD(U) leader always intended to join hands with BJP.

In a meeting held to discuss the land graft case involving Lalu Prasad's son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, against whom CBI has filed an FIR in a land graft case, many JD(U) leaders voiced their concerns amid opposition from some party men.

Bijendra Yadav, MLA and commerce minister in Nitish's cabinet, warned the JD(U) chief against joining hands with the BJP. He said, "Nitishji, (the) people of Bihar have elected you and Lalu both. Any attempt to scuttle the alliance would have serious repercussions."

On Wednesday, just before Nitish was to meet his legislative members, MLA Poonam Devi, who is also from the Yadav community, openly said that he would defend Tejashwi in the meeting. Out of the 71 JD(U) MLAs, 18 of them are Muslims or Yadavs. Both communities have always supported Lalu.

08:01 (ist)

RECAP How Nitish stunned Bihar | Tejashwi says RJD will stake claim to government too

In what will be remembered as one of the quickest political developments and manoeuvering, Nitish Kumar quit as Bihar chief minister on Wednesday only to stage a dramatic comeback. "In the circumstances that prevail in Bihar, it became difficult to run the grand alliance government," Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan after submitting his resignation to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.

But in a series of fast-paced developments that unfolded over the next few hours it became clear that Kumar was going to be the ultimate winner. First, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for his "honesty" in standing up to corruption. Then the BJP said it would support him, and its legislators met Kumar's JD(U) MLAs.

After the meeting, Kumar, accompanied by senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi drove to Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the government.

Modi later told journalists that a list of 132 MLAs supporting the alliance was submitted to the governor who has invited Kumar to form the government. These include 71 of JD(U), BJP 53, RLSP 2, LJP 2, HAM 1 and three Independents.

The JD(U)-BJP combine may have the numbers in the Bihar Assembly to prove its majority, but RJD appeared in no mood to give up without a fight, with Tejashwi Yadav saying he would stake claim to form the next government.

"Have sought appointment with the governor. Will stake claim to form government as the the single largest party. Will also get the support of JD(U) MLAs who have won after defeating BJP candidates," Tejashwi tweeted.

The numbers are, however, stacked against him. The JD(U) and NDA allies together have 129 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, seven more than the magic figure of 122. support.

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July 28, 2017 - 13:59 (IST)

Tejashwi Yadav pulls out old Sushil Modi, Nitish Kumar tweets to take a dig in NDA govt

 

July 28, 2017 - 13:55 (IST)

Nitish Kumar leaves from Bihar Assembly after winning trust vote

July 28, 2017 - 13:52 (IST)

At least 10 RJD MLAs would have voted for us if there was secret ballot: Sushil Modi

"An unnatural alliance died natural death," Sushil Modi said as he lauded Nitish for not 'bending the knee' to keep the alliance alive. He said that the RJD was seeking vote through secret ballot but if that would have happened "then at least 10-12 people from RJD would have crossed over to our side," Modi said.  

July 28, 2017 - 13:30 (IST)

JD(U) MLAs celebrate outside Assembly

July 28, 2017 - 13:30 (IST)

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July 28, 2017 - 13:28 (IST)

Tejashwi Yadav questions Nitish Modi's intention, says Sushil Modi too has FIR against him

Tejashwi said that the people of the Bihar are feeling cheated, adding that RJD will take the fight to every village. He said, "I asked many questions to the CM but he had no answers. Will he now pass a law with the BJP that every person who has an FIR should resign from public office? Will he bring liquor ban across the nation" Tejashwi asked. He said that Sushil Modi too had a case against him, how is it that he is fit to be deputy chief minister in Nitish's eye then. 

July 28, 2017 - 13:23 (IST)

Tejashwi was just an excuse, Nitish plotted to bring down government: Tejashwi Yadav

July 28, 2017 - 13:21 (IST)

Bihar had to see four governments in four years, only because of one man: Tejashwi Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav blamed Nitish Kumar for bringing insatbility to Bihar. He said that if Nitish had to make the government with BJP's support why did he waste so much time and public funds on election. 

July 28, 2017 - 13:19 (IST)

Nitish Kumar did all the drama to sit in the lap of RSS-BJP: Tejashwi Yadav

 

Back as Bihar chief minister for the sixth time, Nitish Kumar on Thursday defended his decision to ally with BJP, insisting it was made in the interest of the state.

He refused to join issue with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who accused him of having returned to "communal forces" for "selfish" political motives, saying he would respond those attacking him at the "right time".

"I took the decision to form the new government in the interest of Bihar ... I am committed to the development of Bihar," Nitish told reporters after taking oath.

Nitish is facing a barrage of criticism from RJD chief Lalu Prasad and a host of leaders of the erstwhile Grand Alliance for dumping the coalition and joining hands with NDA to form the government.

He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting him after taking oath.

"There will be no compromise on corruption," an official statement quoted Nitish as saying.

"I am confident that the pace of progress of the state will gain fresh momentum with assistance from the Centre," he added.

Meanwhile, JD(U) leaders came down heavily on Lalu for attacking Nitish in connection with a murder case registered with Pandarak police station in Patna district in 1991.

JD(U) general secretary R C P Singh, senior leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and Neeraj Kumar held a press conference to hit out at Prasad, who had yesterday referred to a pending case against Nitish as a counterattack after he walked out of the grand alliance.

During the 1991 Lok Sabha polls, a person named Sitaram Singh was killed at a polling station at Pandarak and Nitish was made an accused. Nitish had mentioned the case in his affidavit while contesting the Legislative council election, Prasad had said, claiming a court in Barh had taken cognizance of the charges against in 2009 and that the case was still alive in the Patna High Court.

Bihar Assembly floor test highlights Nitish Kumar wins trust vote BJPJDU to decision over Cabinet soon

A file image of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. PTI

Lallan Singh said Lalu was in the habit of speaking "half truths" and "twisting facts".

Giving details of the status of the case, he said five people were accused in it. Lalu Prasad was then the Bihar chief minister. Police had probed the case, and on January 31, 1993, a charge sheet was filed against three accused -Dilip Singh, Yogendra Yadav and Baudhu Yadav. Nitish was found innocent.

A Barh court had on 5 August, 2008, exonerated Nitish and taken cognisance against the three other accused. It had given time to three complainants to file their objection if any but they had not filed anything against Nitish, he said.

Yogendra Yadav, who was among three charge-sheeted, had challenged it in Patna High Court which had stayed the case in the Barh court on April 22, 2009.

"A man Ashok Kumar Singh, who is neither a complainant nor a witness in the case, had on January 20, 2009 filed a case in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate of Barh to register his protest against Nitish being exonerated. The Barh ACJM in violation of the Patna high court's stay took cognisance of the case on August 20, 2009 and issued summons to Nitish Kumar," Lallan Singh said.

Nitish had in turn challenged the ACJM Barh order in Patna HC which had on September 8, 2009 once again passed the order to stay the legal proceedings and instructed ACJM Barh to explain the reasons for the violation.

The Barh ACJM's reply was not accepted by the HC, which asked him to file another and the case is now pending before it, he said.

"Ashok Singh had recorded his statement under section 164 (made before an metropolitan or judicial magistrate whether or not he has jurisdiction in the case) that his signature was forcibly taken on a blank piece of paper to file a case against Nitish's acquittal," Singh claimed.

"Everything is in the public domain," he said.

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