1. Live: RJD demands a secret ballot in the Bihar Assembly, says this is how it will become clear who won and who lost

Live: RJD demands a secret ballot in the Bihar Assembly, says this is how it will become clear who won and who lost

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was sworn in today along with Sushil Kumar Modi as his deputy. PM Narendra Modi congratulated Kumar and said he looked forward to working together for Bihar’s prosperity.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2017 11:06 PM
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Nitish Kumar on Thursday took oath as Bihar Chief Minister at the head of a JDU-BJP government, within hours of dumping the Grand Alliance. BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister. This is the JDU President’s second innings in the last two years. He snapped ties late on Wednesday with Grand Alliance partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress over corruption charges against RJD leader and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. PM Narendra Modi congratulated Kumar and said he looked forward to working together for Bihar’s prosperity. Lalu accused Nitish Kumar of being greedy for power and betraying the people of Bihar and India. See pictures of Bihar Chief Minister swearing ceremony.

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11:00 PM: Affection of children & family makes person weak in politics. Nitish Kumar walks alone & with honesty. That is why he is successful: RJD MLA Maheshwar Yadav

10:53 PM: Sanjay Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party says that Nitish joining hands reflect on his double standards

10:45 PM: Kerala JD(U) president M P Veerendra Kumar on Thursday expressed shock over Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with the BJP and said the state unit would not follow the chief minister into the NDA fold

10:41 PM:   BJP leaders believe that the return of Kumar, identified with good governance and probity, to its fold has severely dented the opposition’s attempts at forging a united front against the NDA

10:35 PM: Nitish Kumar says Whatever decision we have taken will be in the interest of Bihar and its people.

10:29 PM: Rahul Gandhi had said nitish Kumar returned to communal forces, Nitish Kumar says will respond at the ‘right time’

10:24 PM: Kapil Patil, a JD(U) MLC, in Maharashtra said, everybody was looking at Nitish Kumar as an alternative to the politics of hate

10:19 PM: Kapil Patil, a JD(U) MLC, in Maharashtra said, he was surprised by the haste shown by the party president Nitish Kumar in resigning

10:14 PM: Mayawati: To divert the people’s attention from wrong policies and corruption, the BJP has launched a drive to prove opposition leaders as corrupt

10:09 PM: Sanjay Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party said, “We supported Nitish Kumar for his good governance record and his fight against the communal BJP”

10:04 PM: RJD’s Bhai Virender: We will demand for secret ballot in the assembly. Then, we’ll know who won and who lost

9:57 PM: Anand Sharma of the Congress said, It is important to remember that Modi had commented on the political DNA of Kumar and Nitish

9:50 PM: Atul Kumar Anjan of the CPI says Nitish Kumar was earlier advocating for a Sangh-mukht Bharat. Now he has joined them.

9:45 PM: Sunil Alagh says the best period for industry were the 5 years when BJP and Nitish were in power in Bihar

9:39 PM: Congress: The grand alliance was formed to bring secular forces together, to fight the dictatorial attitude of the BJP

9:30 PM: Bihar assembly to have day-long special session from 11 am tomorrow to facilitate Nitish Kumar trust vote.

9:22 PM: AAP leader Sanjay Singh: Didn’t Nitish realise the credentials of Lalu Prasad when he took his support after he walked out of the NDA

9:12 PM:  Sanjay Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party says that Nitish joining hands reflect on his double standards

9:05 PM: Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said Nitish has always been a political opportunist. This alliance sans principles and is an opportunistic coalition. The excuse they are making will not work. Nitish has completely been exposed and nobody will be able to trust him anymore

9:02 PM: RJD supporters today threw stones on the Saran district magistrate and superintendent of police during protests against Nitish Kumar, PTI reports. The protestors threw stones at the DM Harihar Prasad and police superintendent Anusuiya Ransingh Sahu when they came to remove protestors shouting slogans in favour of RJD on Jay Prakash Narayan overbridge in the district. Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajit Kumar Rai confirmed incident and said an FIR has been registered in this connection.

8:57 PM: JD(U) MP Ali Anwar says his reservations over the new coalition should not be seen as a rebellion against the party

8:53 PM:  JD(U) MP Ali Anwar says his conscience does not support Kumar’s action and that he has ‘strong’ views against the JD(U)-BJP alliance

8:46 PM: ED has issued a notice to Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti

8:40 PM: Mayawati: Political developments in Bihar after Manipur and Goa clearly prove that future of democracy is at risk under the Narendra Modi government

8:34 PM: Mayawati: Misuse of power and government machinery by the senior leadership of the BJP for the lure of power is continuously posing a challenge to the democratic norms of the country

8:29 PM: Mayawati claims that the people of Bihar had been betrayed with state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar switching sides from the grand alliance to the NDA

8:24 PM:  Omar Abdullah: I wonder how Nitish Kumar feels when senior BJP leaders remind him about his alleged failure to provide development in Bihar till now

8:20 PM: Shashi Tharoor: Our system allows the legislature to form executive, making it easy for parties to betray the wishes of the voters. BJP was rejected in election

8:14 PM: Shashi Tharoor: If after campaigning against BJP you want to join BJP, spirit of democracy requires you to resign and seek a fresh mandate. This is amoral politics.

8:08 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav along with his family meets party MLAs at his residence

7:58 PM: Shashi Tharoor tweets: Word of the day! Definition of *snollygoster*. US dialect: a shrewd, unprincipled politician. First Known Use: 1845. Most recent use: 26/7/17.

7:48 PM: Nitish Kumar calls up Sharad Yadav and promises that his concerns will be addressed

7:42 PM: Lalu Prasad Yadav: Government is taking action against opposition parties and not against our those committing crime

7:32 PM: Kerala JD(U) president M P Veerendra Kumar has appealed to all JD(U) MPs to denounce the decision and quit the party

7:24 PM: Kerala JD(U) president M P Veerendra Kumar on Thursday expressed shock over Nitish Kumar’s decision to align with the BJP and said the state unit would not follow the chief minister into the NDA fold

7:17 PM: Goa BJP today congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party president Amit Shah for “reviving the NDA combination” in Bihar by backing JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar

7:09 PM: Dharmendra Pradhan: Spoke to Nitish Kumar ji and Sushil Modi ji, congratulated them for taking oath as CM and Deputy CM of Bihar respectively

7:01 PM: RJD MLA holds Lalu Yadav’s ‘putra-moh’ responsible for the party’s downfall

6:56 PM: Lalu Yadav railway hotel tender matter: The documents were recently provided to CBI by railway department.

6:50 PM: RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui said it is an “old habit” of Nitish Kumar to dump one party to join hands with another to form the government.

6:44 PM: Communist party of India’s General Secretary Reddy says  Nitish joining BJP has only affected opposition unity in Bihar not nationwide

6:36 PM: Bihar’s new deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi vows to fight corruption

6:32 PM: Sources tell ANI that CBI is scrutinising documents provided to it by railway department in Lalu Yadav railway hotel tender matter.

6:25 PM: Sitaram Yechury: Every few years Nitish Kumar takes oath as CM from different alliances. Quite a record. Straight forward political opportunism

6:17 PM: Ali Anwar of the JDU: We including Sharad ji had no idea that such a big development would happen overnight. We are surprised

6:12 PM: Mallikarjun Kharge said Nitish formed the government in Bihar fully aware of how the grand alliance partners are. He should not have broken the alliance in such a case.

6:07 PM: Arun Kumar of the JDU says Sharad ji is concerned over Nitish Kumar’s decision, in a day or two Sharad ji will talk to senior leaders of all national parties

6:03 PM: RJD leader Jagdanand Singh says his party won’t allow Bihar Assembly to function

5:56 PM: Communist Party of India said Nitish Kumar should have waited till the court verdict on corruption charges against Tejashwi Yadav

5:51 PM:  ED has registered a money laundering case against him and his family members in a railway hotels allotment corruption case

5:45 PM: Manoj Jha of the RJD says more than 45 JDU MLAs were ‘uncomfortable’ about the JD(U)’s alliance with the BJP

5:38 PM: JD(U) MPs Veerendra Kumar and Ali Anwar reach Sharad Yadav’s residence in Delhi.

5:33 PM: RJD MLA Maheshwar Yadav says Nitish Kumar only keeps people with a clean image in his government, this is why the alliance broke

5:27 PM: RJD legislative meet to take place at Rabri Yadav’s residence in half an hour

5:18 PM: Lalu Prasad yadav says he is considering approaching the Supreme Court agasinst the BJP and the JDU

5:08PM: KC Tyagi: We regret our decision to run the government with such a person (Lalu Prasad) for 20 months. We blame ourselves for committing a mistake of taking their MLA count from 22 to 80

5:03PM: KC Tyagi: It was a mistake to forge an alliance with RJD. We had information that to save themselves from CBI cases, they were in touch with the union ministers in Delhi and were planning to topple the Nitish Kumar government

4:59PM: Rajya Sabha MP Veerendra Kumar met Sharad Yadav at his home: India Today report

4:54PM: Nitish to take floor test tomorrow at 11AM

4:51PM: Most of the MLAs of our party were of the opinion that Tejashwi should resign so that alliance and govt remain saved: Maheshwar Yadav, RJD

4:48PM: Affection of children & family makes person weak in politics. Nitish Kumar walks alone & with honesty. That is why he is successful: RJD MLA Maheshwar Yadav

4:45PM: RJD workers were holding dharnas and demonstrations at block and district headquarters today to protest against Nitish Kumar

Watch: No JDU MLA will cross vote, says Sushil Modi

4:40PM: RJD MLA Bhai Birendra said the party had called off a protest march to Raj Bhawan following the imposition of prohibitory orders in the area

4:35PM: Manoj Jha: More than 45 JDU MLAs were “uncomfortable” about the JD(U)’s alliance with the BJP-led NDA

4:30PM: Manoj Jha: According to the S R Bommai case judgement it is mandatory to call the single largest party or electoral block first to explore the formation of a government.

4:25PM: Rashtriya Janata Dal national spokesman Manoj Jha said the party would “knock at the court’s door, as well as that of the janata ki adalat (people’s court)” to tell the people about the “conspiracy” hatched by the BJP. “The governor’s decision amounts to the murder of the spirit of the S R Bommai judgement,” Jha told reporters outside the residence of RJD leader and former chief minister Rabri Devi.

Read: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis congratulates Nitish Kumar, says dawn of a new era in Bihar

4:20PM: RJD said it would move court as well as knock at the “people’s door” to protest against the Bihar governor’s invitation to the JD(U) and the NDA to form a government in the state in “blatant violation” of a Supreme Court judgement.

4:15PM: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today expressed the hope that under the new JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar, the state will be back on the path of development. Parrikar congratulated JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar for taking over as the chief minister of Bihar once again with the BJP’s support.

4:10PM: In fresh trouble for RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the ED has registered a money laundering case against him and his family members in a railway hotels allotment corruption case dating back to the UPA tenure, officials said today. The case has been registered under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The central probe agency has taken cognisance of a CBI FIR in this regard to initiate the move. Earlier this month, the CBI had registered a criminal FIR and conducted multiple searches against the former Bihar chief minister and others.

4:05PM: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) workers on Thursday protested against the former in Patna stating that both must resign and until they don’t do, they would not allow the state assembly to function.

4:00PM: Meanwhile in Gujarat, Congress MLAs Balwantsinh Rajput and Tejashree Patel resign from Congress party

3:55PM: I congratulated Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Hope Bihar will move towards development now: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh

3:51 pm: This is all a BJP conspiracy, Lalu Prasad Yadav tells Times Now.

3:47 pm: BJP has used CBI against me and my  family: Lalu Prasad Yadav tells Times Now

3:42 pm: Nitish was insecure of Tejasvi, Lalu tells the channel

3:38 pm: Split  has nothing to do with son, Lalu Prasad tells the channel.

3:37 pm: Nitish Kumar never asked for Tejasvi’s ouster as deputy CM, Lalu Prasad Yadav tells Times Now.

3:34 pm: ED registers money laundering case against Lalu Prasad Yadavnd his family members over corruption, says Times Now.

3:31 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis congratulated Nitish Kumar on being sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar. He said that a new era has dawned in the state, PTI report said.

3:24 pm: “Congratulations to Nitishkumarji and SushilModiji on taking oath as CM and deputy CM,” Parrikar tweeted.

3:19 pm: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar expresses hope that under the new JD(U)-BJP government, Bihar will return on the path of development, PTI report says.

3:12 pm: “The grand alliance was formed to bring secular forces together, to fight the dictatorial attitude of the BJP, its attitude of killing democracy,” Kharge was quoted as saying by PTI.

3:05 pm: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has said that said it was “unfortunate” that Nitish Kumar decided to join hands with the BJP after seeking votes in the name of “secularism” in Bihar, PTI report said.

3:00 pm: Prime minister questioned political DNA of Nitish Kumar. it has been proved that DNAs of JDU & BJP are same, its opportunism, says Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress.

2:55 pm: Had already stated this government would not last long, but Lalu Prasad Yadav called me a political weather expert: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan was quoted as saying by ANI.

2:50 pm: The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today adopted a resolution congratulating Nitish Kumar on becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar again.

2:45 pm: Watch- Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary says this about Rahul Gandhi and Nitish Kumar.

2:40 pm: Kerala unit of JDU to part ways with party, future step of unit will be decided after a meeting.

2:35 pm: Former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav today slammed the BJP and former ally JD(U) alleging they pursued a “vendetta politics” against him.

2:30 pm: “My performance perturbed our ally and BJP. Vendetta against me exposes their viciousness”, Tejashwi said in a tweet after the JD(U) returned to the NDA fold.

:20 pm: PM questioned political DNA of Nitish Kumar. it has been proved that DNAs of JDU and BJP are identical, its opportunism, said Congress spoeksperson RS Surjewala.

2:15 pm: I think it has become Nitish ji’s habit to change parties and stand every few years, said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

2:10 pm: Watch- Lalu Prasad Yadav’s startling revelation about Liquor ban in Bihar by Nitish Kumar.

2:05 pm: Congress says we betrayed them, also says this was going on since 3-4 months. How can it be betrayal if they already knew?: JDU leader Ajay Alok.

2:00 pm: Tejashwi had further added: “I entered in government with a clean slate with a keen desire of writing a positive story for people of Bihar, only to find an opportunist rival!”

1:55 pm: Earlier, Tejashwi, in a series of tweets, said, “I delivered manifolds than what was expected of me. My performance perturbed our ally & BJP. Vendetta against me exposes their viciousness.”

1:52 pm: RJD workers were protesting against Bihar Chief Minster Nitish Kumar in Patna.

1:50 pm: Take a look at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s tweet

1:47 pm: Watch- Sushil Kumar Modi speaking about tomorrow’s floor test

1:45 pm: Meanwhile in Delhi: Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

1:42 pm: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi must resign, until they don’t, we will not let the Vidhan Sabha function, said RJD of Jagadanand Singh

1:38 pm: Dr. Kalam inspired the youth. I can see that today’s youth want to become job creators: PM Modi in Rameswaram.

1:35 pm: Watch- Sushil Kumar Modi speaking about chemistry between CM Nitish Kumar and PM Narendra Modi.

1:32 pm: Let us all give a standing ovation to all those laborers who worked with immense dedication in building APJ Abdul Kalam memorial, says PM Modi.

12:30 pm: Watch: PM Modi at APJ Abdul Kalam memorial

1:25 pm: Missing Amma here, can feel the void. Her soul will continue to shower blessings. If Amma was here today, in our midst, she would have been very happy and extended her good wishes. She is a leader we all remember, said PM Narendra Modi.

1:22 pm: Meanwhile, BJP state president Nityanand Rai said, “Now, Bihar will go on the path of development. We are very happy with Nitish Kumar’s decision.”

1:20 pm: Talking to ANI, BJP leader Nitin Naveen said, “Lalu Yadav is in discomfort. Love for his son led to heavy loss for him. Because of his son, he compromised with interests of the party and sacrificed ‘mahagathbandhan’.”

11:15 pm: On the other hand, on Thursday said that Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav sacrificed ‘mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) for his son.

1:10 pm: Nitish Kumar government to seek trust vote tomorrow, said Brajesh Mehrotra, Principal Secretary of Cabinet Coordination Department of Bihar, as per PTI report

1:07 pm: It is great honor for me to touch this sacred soil of Rameswaram, a center of deep spiritual knowledge. It is this sacred land that gave India one of its most famous sons Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, said PM Narendra Modi in Rameswaram.

1:05 pm: Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, we will get them all together, so what if Nitish has gone to the BJP, said Lalu Yadav on opposition unity.

Watch this video

1:00 pm: Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu: PM Narendra Modi flagged off a new express train from Rameswaram to Ayodhya.

12:57 pm: Meanwhile, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav was unhappy over Nitish Kumar joining hands with BJP.

12:55 pm: Nitish Kumar is an accused in Sitaram murder case, says Lalu Yadav during media interaction.

12:53 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav said that RJD was considering to appeal in Supreme Court against the Governor’s decision.

12:52 pm: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi should have invited RJD to form the government, since it was the largest party, said Lalu Yadav.

12:49 pm: Nitish Kumar joined hands with BJP to ensure raids by CBI, ED on RJD leaders and to malign them, says Lalu Prasad.

12:45 pm: Watch this video of Lalu Prasad Yadav

12:43 pm: Lalu Yadav criticised Nitish Kumar over Liquor Prohibition, said it was a blunder.

12:42 pm: Meanwhile in Tamil Nadu: NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu said APJ Abdul Kalam stands for ‘Anything is possible with just attitude and karma’.

12:40 pm: Amit Shah is the Super Editor, he decides how news should be and he tells owners of media, who tells editors, not reporters fault, says Lalu Yadav.

12:37 pm: Some media who we had thought were good, they took supari. See how the US media is fighting Trump, here media fights opposition, says Lalu Yadav.

12:35 pm: On many occasions, Nitish met PM Modi, had lunch. The timing of whatever happened was already fixed, says the RJD Chief.

12:32 pm: Nitish Kumar is huge opportunist. The mandate was against BJP, to throw out Modi-Shah out of Bihar. They said I was a beef eater: Lalu Yadav.

Watch this video

12:30 pm: I put a tika on his forehead,said go rule the state, I had no greed in my heart, else why would I nominate him as Chief Minister: Lalu Yadav

12:25 PM: Watch- Lalu Yadav flays Nitish Kumar for his alliance with BJP

12:22 pm: People of Bihar had voted against PM Narendra Modi, BJP and RSS, says Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Watch this video

12:20 pm: Past 15-20 yrs I have been fighting cases in courts. I was sentenced in a hurry. There was a conspiracy between Nitish Kumar and BJP, says Lalu Yadav.

12:17 pm: Nitish Kumar earlier said that he won’t go with communal forces, says Lalu Prasad Yadav.

12:14 pm: It is regrettable there is no Gandhiji among us to unite this country. Amit Shah & Modi’s khandan of Godse – RSS killed him, said Lalu Yadav.

Watch this video

12:10 pm: Bihar is a politically conscious state. Credit should go to Mahatma Gandhi for uniting the country against British and we achieved the Independence.

12:07 pm: Sadly, we don’t have Mahatma Gandhi among us.

12:03 pm: I am sure the new Bihar government along with central govt led by PM Narendra Modi will take Bihar to newer heights.

12:00 pm: BJP Chief Amit Shah today congratulated Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi.

11:45 am: Nitish Kumar says he will give reply to all queries of Rahul Gandhi and others at the “right time”.

11: 40AM: Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated a memorial for APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameshwaram

11:39AM: But I reiterate that i won’t declare anyone dead without proof, says Swaraj

11: 38AM: The day I get proof of whereabouts of 39 missing Indians,I will come here if the session is on or inform via Twitter, External Affairs Minister Swaraj said in Rajya Sabha.

11: 37AM: Our system allows legislature to form executive, making it easy for parties to betray the wishes of the voters. BJP was rejected in election!, says Shashi Tharoor


11: 35AM: Modi cabinet reshuffle to take place in a few weeks. JDU could get one cabinet and one MoS portfolio in the cabinet, according to CNN News 18 report.


11: 31AM: East and Northeast must develop, this is the motto of our PM Narendra Modi, says Union Minister  Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Watch: Development was always our top most agenda, says Sushil Kumar Modi


11: 28AM: Nitish has supported PM Modi during demonetisation, surgical strikes, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.

11: 25AM: Ravi Shankar Prasad: We have been allies durin JP movement, Nitish was a long time ally of NDA

11:22AM: For the first time, both Bihar and Central government will be that of NDA, says Sushil Modi.

Watch: My decision in interest of Bihar, says Nitish Kumar


11:20AM: Development will be a priority, will take Bihar to greater heights: Sushil Modi after being sworn-in as Bihar Deputy CM

11: 18AM: I have taken the decision after lots of thought, says Nitish Kumar.

11: 15AM: I will speak when time is right. The government take decisions based on the interests and development of Bihar, says Nitish Kumar.

Watch video on what Nitish Kumar had to say after his swearing-in


11: 12AM: I will speak to the media after the hearing in Fodder scam case, says Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is in Ranchi.

11: 09AM: BJP tried all tactics to destabilize states where opposition had Government, says Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge of Congres

11:05AM: Entered in govt with clean slate,keen desire of writing a positive story for Bihar ppl, only to find opportunist rival tweets Tejashwi Yadav

11: 02AM: Congratulations to Nitish Kumar ji and Sushil Modi. Looking forward to working together for Bihar’s progress and prosperity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Take a look at PM Modi’s tweet


11:00AM: This was being planned for the last 4 months. Nitish Kumar is selfish and not credible, says Rahul Gandhi.

10:57AM: JDU hit back saying the party could not side with the corrupt. We are with the secular forces, says JDU

10: 55AM: We should have been invited first to form the government as we are the largest party, says RJD

10:50AM: Nitish Kumar: Will take decisions based on the interests of Bihar

10:45AM: Nitish Kumar: Will work for the development of Bihar

10:40AM: Post taking oath, CM Nitish Kumar assures people of Bihar

10:35AM: Nitish Kumar: Have taken the decision after lots of thought

10:30AM: Sushil Modi: For the first time, both Bihar and Central government will be that of NDA

10:25AM: Ravi Shankar Prasad: We have been allies durin JP movement, Nitish was a long time ally of NDA

10:15AM: Ravi Shankar Prasad: Nitish has supported PM Modi during demonetisation, surgical strikes

10:10AM: Ravi Shankar Prasad: East and Northeast must develop, this is the motto of our PM

10:07 am: Sushil Modi takes oath as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister.

10:05 am: Amid Bihar political tussle, Nitish Kumar takes oath as Chief Minister for the sixth time

10:01 am: The oath of the Office will be administered by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi

Watch this video

9:55 am: All the dignitaries and MLAs have reached Raj Bhawan.

9:53 am: Nitish Kumar has arrived in Raj Bhawan for the oath taking ceremony.

9:51 am: Sushil Modi has reached Raj Bhawan in Patna, is set to be sworn in as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister.

9:49am: Amongst others Fasal Bima Yojana is another unsuccessful scheme of d Govt through which only private insurance companies being benefitted, says Sharad Yadav.

9:45 am: JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav took a dig at the Narenda Modi government. Take a look at his tweet

9:42 am: Nitish ji’s step against corruption is a courageous one. BJP wants development and wants to help bring stability in Bihar, said JP Nadda, who is in Patna ahead of oath taking ceremeny and Assembly floor test.

9:40 am: BJP has ensured that there the government in Bihar is not destabilised and the party has given unconditional support, says Union Minister JP Nadda.

9:37 am: Watch this video

9:34 am: Floor test in Bihar Assembly will take place tomorrow, as per Times Now report.

9:30 am: JDU leader Sanjay Singh flayed Lalu Prasad Yadav over his allegations on Nitish Kumar saying that his party will take the matter to court

9:27 am: Watch this video

9:24 am: Sushil Modi, who will be sworn in as Deputy CM, said 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.

9:20 am: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday fired sardonic salvo on Bihar’s political upheaval, where senior Janata Dal (United) [JD-U] leader Nitish Kumar has severed ties with Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD) and is ready to form next government with his former ally- the National Democratic Alliance ( NDA).

Read Also: JDU MP Ali Anwar says conscience won’t allow him to support Nitish Kumar BJP alliance

9:15 am: Former Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav mocked Nitish Kumar and said that the latter could not resist separation from his former ally. Yadav took to twitter and took a metaphoric jibe at Kumar in chaste Hindi. “Na Na karte pyaar tumhi se kar bethe, karna tha inkar, magar ikraar tumhi se kar bethe,” tweeted Yadav.

9:10 am: Preparations underway as Nitish Kumar set to be sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister for the 6th time today in Raj Bhawan in Patna.

9:04 am: RJD workers have resorted to vandalism in Hajipur in Bihar. This comes even as RJD supporters block Mahatma Gandhi Setu, connecting north Bihar with Patnam, as per Times Now report.

9:00 am: Earlier, Nitish Kumar had walked out of JDU-BJP alliance which lasted fro 17 years. He fought the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections after joininh hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD.

8:57 am: Watch Video

8:53 am: Last night, a large group of RJD leaders, led by Tejashwi Yadav, marched towards the Governor’s residence to stage a dharna over the sudden change in time of the oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar as the Bihar Chief Minister.

8:49 am: Vehicles stuck in traffic jam as RJD supporters block Mahatma Gandhi Setu, connecting north Bihar with Patna.

8:45 am: “Earlier the oath was to take place at 5 p.m., but since now the RJD is meeting the Governor at 11am, so he is planning to take oath at 10 a.m. This shows there is some foulplay,” RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said.

8:41 am: Congress legislative meet will take place at 2 pm today. Congress leader CP Joshi will attend the meet, according to Times Now report.

8:37 am: My conscience does not allow me to support Nitish Kumar’s decision of forming government with the BJP, JDU MP Ali Anwar told ANI.

8:35 am: Watch this video

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8:32 am: 27 Congress MLAs in Bihar will hold a meet today.

8:30 am: JDU MP Ali Anwar told CNN News18 that it is not only about Bihar but it is about India.

8:27 am: Watch this video

8:25 am: “Each development seemed planned. It was all pre-decided. Why was everything done in such rush? His resignation, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backing him, and staking claim to form government within hours of resignation, proves it,” Tejashwi said,

8:23 am: Watch this video

8:20 am: It has been learned that Congress MLAs in Bihar did not have any clue about Nitsih Kumar’s move, as per Times Now report. Congress has 27 MLAs.

8:15 am: Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has invited Tejashwi Yadav and five other Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLAs for discussion.

8:11 am: Watch this video

8:08 am: Bihar tamasha: The ugly face of rank opportunism makes us cynical of politics and politicians . Seek support for power. Ditch for power, says Congress leader Kapil Sabil.

8:04 am: Take a look at former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s tweet

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8:00 am: JDU MP Ali Anwar said his conscience does not allow him to back Nitish Kumar’s move. Will voice my opinion in the party if I get an opportunity, Anwar told ANI.

7:57 am: We are disappointed with Nitish Kumar’s decision to resign. He should seek for fresh mandate as people of Bihar had voted in favour of Grand Alliance in protest against PM Narendra Modi and BJP, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh tweeted.

7:53 am: Take a look at Digvijaya Singh’s tweet

7:50 am: Nitish Kumar is absolutely clear about his principles, one of them is to stand against corruption. Lalu Yadav’s remarks are borne out of deep frustration. He still cannot understand why Nitish has stepped down, JDU leader Pavan Verma said over RJD supremo’s allegations.

7:46 am: Nitish Kumar was aware of the fact that people of Bihar have accepted my son Tejashwi Yadav as the next Chief Minister, that’s why he planned this conspiracy: Lalu Yadav told CNN-News18

7:43 am: RJD supporters block Mahatma Gandhi Setu, connecting north Bihar with Patna, over Nitish Kumar’s resignation and forming govt with the BJP.

7:40 am: Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is likely to attend Nitish Kumar’s swearing-in ceremony, will also inaugurate Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.The PM will also address public meeting in Mandapam.

7:37 am: Watch this video

7:35 am: Meanwhile, Lalu Prasad Yadacv in Ranchi to attend hearing in connection with a fodder scam case at a CBI court.

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7:30 am: RJD supporters block Mahatma Gandhi Setu, connecting north Bihar with Patna, over Nitish Kumar’s resignation and forming government with the BJP.

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    I.K .malik
    Jul 28, 2017 at 12:19 am
    It was unfortunate incident that has happened in Bihar. Nitish ji who was held in such ahigh esteem has ultimately proved his lust for power. All the allegations that had been levelled were prior to that of formation of mahagatbandhan. He could have very easily waited for the law to take its own course. However if he was having any guilt of carrying on with corrupt people , after resigning he should have obtained fresh mandate from the people of the state. That would have certainly increased his creditability. He may have gained in short term but in long run ,he will remain a loser . He should understand his relations with BJP can never be the same asthey were before . It will be termed as oppurtunist poltics .
    1. R
      Jul 27, 2017 at 10:28 am
      Peaceful Home Coming For Nitish After leaving the BJP on a misunderstanding, Nitish had "vanavas" with Lalu and Rahul where he learnt all their dirty tricks. His inner soul did not allow him to continue as the CM and so he resigned and returned to his NDA home! Good luck to Nitish he can now develop Bihar with the help of Modiji who will visit Patna soon.
      1. Kushal Kumar
        Jul 27, 2017 at 9:51 am
        article “ 2017- an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September” issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November. Relevant to news report , the text of the alert reads – “ Some political leaders may likely be unwell or may break-away or may face some consequence of wrong-doing allegedly done in past”. This was in the context of India. In the global context which includes India as well , in this Vedic astrology writer’s article of 16 May 2017 – “ Is World War III round the corner?” – published in summer ( April-June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer’s Notebook from North Port , Florida , the text reads like this : - “Unions and associations may develop some serious issues having potential to cause fissures, which could give give rise to good cause for some member or members to become not supportive to the aspirations of such union or association". These predictions were relevant for 24 June to 30 September 2017.
        1. Suresh Kumar D
          Jul 27, 2017 at 9:36 am
          Nitish's decision is very good. He cannot compromise with Lalu Prasad Yadav who and his family members are involved in corruption. Congress is supporting Lalu because the party itself is involved in corruption.
          1. Harvinder Maini
            Jul 27, 2017 at 10:22 am
            Ask your godfather modi to appoint JANLOKAPL and then see TMASHA. He is the biggest corrupt person of India

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