Pakistan Army wants jehadi prime minister and not a rubber stamp, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said.
Commenting on senior Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) leader Sharad Yadav, who is ‘unhappy’ with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday asserted that latter has always worked to strengthen secular powers and will continue to do so. Talking to the media here, “People like Sharad Yadav have always worked to strengthen secular powers and I have full hope he will continue to do so.”
JD(U) leaders said that they met Yadav and the latter has assured that the matter would be discussed with other leaders of the state and then a decision will be taken. The Bihar Assembly on Saturday saw the swearing-in of as many as 27 new ministers, including 14 from the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)), 12 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and one from the LJP. Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister and BJP’s Sushil Modi as the Deputy on Thursday, a day after the former ended the ‘mahagathbandhan’ and came back to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold, with taking the oath for the sixth time.
JD(U)’s Kapil Dev Kamat, Dinesh Chandra Yadav, Santosh Kumar Nirala, Maheshwar Hazari, Shailesh Kumar, Jay Kumar Singh, Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma and Shrawan Kumar and BJP’s Ramesh Rishidev, Brij Kishor, Rana Randhir Singh, Vinod Narayan Jha, Pramod Kumar and Ram Narayan Mandal among other took oath as ministers in the Bihar Government. Nitish Kumar won the floor test in the Bihar Legislative Assembly with 131 votes in favour and 108 against.
The JD(U) and the BJP MLAs met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to stake claim to form the government in the state, after Nitish ended the ‘mahagathbandhan’ in the state and resigned from his post, instead of Tejashwi Yadav, as was being speculated and expected. Nitish resigned citing political differences with former ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD, over corruption charges against Tejashwi, following which the state saw a rigmarole of political events including dharnas and probationary orders. The development came hours after Lalu took a jibe at Nitish, saying he was aware of his longtime friend’s party’s growing bonhomie with the BJP.