24 hours that changed Bihar, but kept Nitish Kumar in chair chief minister

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New Delhi | Published: July 28, 2017 2:15:43 PM

From the point of resignation to being sworn in again at the head of a new JDU-BJP alliance to winning the floor test in the Assembly most of the things happened in public sphere.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked into the Raj Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday, July 26, to put in his resignation papers. What appeared as a sudden move, now looks to have been well scripted. From the point of resignation to being sworn in again at the head of a new JDU-BJP alliance to winning the floor test in the Assembly most of the things happened in public sphere. However, there was a lot more happening in the background before the resignation happened. There was a rush of activity that was kept away from public glare, but in just a few hours the die was cast and Bihar politics was stood on its head and Nitish was crowned again. The entire sequence happened in a trance within a day. Find out what happened:

1. Last week when Nitish Kumar was asked about the prevailing tensions in Bihar relating to Mahagathbadhan (grand alliance), the Bihar CM had told him “Ab toh conclusion ka samay aa gaya hai (it’s time for the conclusion),” reported Indian Express.

2. The JD(U) meet which was originally scheduled on Thursday, July 27, was preponed by the CM to Wednesday, July 26. It was done in lieu of Nitish following up with the party on the outcome of the RJD legislature party meet the same afternoon.

3. During the MLAs and MLCs meet at Nitish’s Anne Marg residence on Wednesday, the latter elaborated on every point since the CBI’s probe at RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s residence on July 7. According to the JD(U) leaders, Nitish is learnt to have said, “Since no solution has come, and I have been at struggle with myself for two days, I have decided to resign. My conscience can no longer tolerate this state of affairs”

4. Significantly, the statement was followed by applause from various JDU legislators. It indicated that there was virtually no opposition to Nitish within the party and that he could go ahead and do as he planned. There was no news about Sharad Yadav voicing any kind of dissent till now. This cleared the path for approaching PM Narendra Modi led BJP to do the needful.

5. Nitish sought time from the Governor and then finally resigned on Wednesday evening, July 26. After his resignation, Nitish spoke to the media for the first time since July 7, after the raid at Lalu Yadav’s premises. Few minutes after his resignation, Nitish received a tweet from PM Narendra Modi who congratulated him on his step towards fighting against corruption.

On Thursday, July 27, Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar with BJP’s Sushil Modi as the Deputy Chief Minister. The JD(U)-BJP coalition, which ruled Bihar for eight years before it collapsed in 2013, was restored to office on Thursday.

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