JDU leader Nitish Kumar today took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for sixth time. BJP state unit chief Sushil Kumar Modi was sworn in as the deputy CM. The crucial floor test will be held tomorrow. With BJP back to power in Bihar after the bitter split with JDU, the Narendra Modi government is likely to offer one cabinet berth and one minister of state (MoS) to Nitish Kumar’s party, according to ANI report. However, there was no confirmation from BJP or JD(U) in regard to this. It has been learned that PM Modi may reshuffle his cabinet by August, the report says. PM Modi yesterday hailed Nitish for his honesty in standing up to corruption soon after the latter broke away from the Grand Alliance dumping RJD and Lalu Prasad Yadav. Nitish Kumar today thanked PM Modi and assured him that there would be no comromise on the issue of corruption.
According to reports, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar could also be included in the Cabinet.
Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered 66-year-old Kumar the oath of office and secrecy at the Rajendra Mandapam at the Raj Bhawan in Patna. The Governor has asked Kumar to prove majority on the floor of the House within two days, after the JDU walked out of the barely two-year-old alliance with the RJD and Congress. Union Health Minister J P Nadda and BJP leader Anil Jain were present at the brief ceremony where only Kumar and Sushil Modi were sworn in, as per PTI report.
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Kumar quit the post last night after a fall out with the alliance partner RJD over corruption charges against Lalu Yadav and some of his family members, including son Tejashwi, who was the deputy CM in the previous dispensation. “Whatever decision we have taken will be in the interest of Bihar and of its people. It will ensure development and justice. It will also ensure progress. This is a collective decision. I ensure that our commitment is towards the people of Bihar,” Kumar told reporters after the swearing-in.