Bihar Govt Formation Highlights: Nitish Kumar takes oath as CM; Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi as Deputy CMs

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Updated: November 16, 2020 11:01:22 pm

Bihar Nitish Kumar Oath Taking Ceremony 2020 Highlights: BJP leaders Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi also took oath as the Deputy Chief Ministers of the state.

nitish kumar oath takingNitish Kumar to take oath as CM for the 7th time today. (Photo source: PTI)

Bihar Nitish Kumar Oath Taking Ceremony 2020 Highlights: Nitish Kumar was on Monday sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar for the seventh time–his fourth consecutive term–in presence of top leaders of the NDA, including Union Home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda. BJP leaders Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi also took oath as the Deputy Chief Ministers of Bihar. Kumar, 69, is on course to becoming the longest-serving Chief Minister of the state. As CM, he had a continuous run since November 2005, except for the period in 2014-15. JDU leaders Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Ashok Choudhary, and Mewa Lal Choudhary also took oath as Cabinet Ministers of the state. The BJP clinched 31 more seats than the 43 pocketed by Kumar’s JD(U). Soon after Nitish Kumar’s swear-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him. “Congratulations to @NitishKumar Ji on taking oath as Bihar’s CM,” Modi tweeted. “The NDA family will work together for the progress of Bihar. I assure all possible support from the Centre for the welfare of Bihar,” Modi said in the Tweet. Kumar, after the swearing-in ceremony, said, “Based on the public’s decision, NDA has once again formed the government in the state. We will work together and serve the people.”

BJP national president JP Nadda also congratulated Nitish Kumar and all newly sworn-in ministers. I’m sure that under PM Modi’s guidance, NDA will give, pro-farmer, women, youth & development-oriented government in State. I assure people of Bihar that NDA is committed to fulfilling their aspirations, he said. Devendra Fadnavis, BJP in-charge for Bihar Elections, also wished Kumar and said, “We are very happy. NDA got an amazing victory in Bihar. This government will run for the next 5 years and will take Bihar forward.”

Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumar at around 4:30 pm. BJP workers were enthused over the visit of Shah, arguably the second most powerful man in the ruling dispensation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had set the tone for election campaign much before the schedule was announced by addressing the party’s first digital rally but remained conspicuous by his absence during the electioneering.

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Highlights

    19:24 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Bihar Cabinet to hold a meeting on Wednesday

    The newly formed Bihar Cabinet to hold a meeting tomorrow. A special session of the state legislative Assembly to be held on 23rd November. (ANI)

    18:09 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulates Kumar

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also congratulated Kumar. "Congratulations @NitishKumar ji on being sworn in as the Chief Minister of #Bihar for fourth consecutive term. Wish you and the new government the very best," Patnaik tweet on Monday.

    17:56 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    PM Modi congratulates Nitish Kumar on taking oath as Bihar Chief Minister

    Soon after Nitish Kumar's swear-in ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated him. "Congratulations to @NitishKumar Ji on taking oath as Bihar’s CM. I also congratulate all those who took oath as Ministers in the Bihar Government," Modi tweeted. "The NDA family will work together for the progress of Bihar. I assure all possible support from the Centre for the welfare of Bihar," Modi further said in the Tweet.

    17:37 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    BJP leaders Mangal Pandey and Amarendra Pratap Singh take oath as Cabinet Ministers

    BJP leaders Mangal Pandey and Amarendra Pratap Singh along with Santosh Kumar Suman, son of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, and Mukesh Sahni of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) also took oath as a Cabinet Minister of Bihar, as reported by ANI

    17:24 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami greets Nitish Kumar

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami greeted Nitish Kumar on assuming office for a record fourth consecutive term. Palaniswami wished him all success. "I congratulate you on your assumption of charge as the Chief Minister of Bihar for a record fourth time (term) and wish you a successful tenure," Palaniswami said in his congratulatory message sent to Nitish Kumar, as reported by PTI.

    17:00 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Tarkishore Prasad, Renu Devi take oath as the Deputy Chief Ministers of Bihar

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi took oath as the Deputy Chief Ministers of Bihar. JDU leaders Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Ashok Choudhary, and Mewa Lal Choudhary also took oath as Cabinet Ministers of Bihar, reported ANI.

    16:53 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Nitish Kumar takes oath as CM of Bihar for the seventh time

    Nitish Kumar takes oath as CM of Bihar for the seventh time - his fourth consecutive term.

    16:37 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Nitish Kumar arrives at Raj Bhavan in Patna

    Chief Minister-designate Nitish Kumar has arrived at Raj Bhavan in Patna, reported ANI. Kumar will take oath as the CM of Bihar for the seventh time today. Governor Phagu Chauhan has also arrived at Raj Bhavan for the swearing-in ceremony of Kumar.

    16:28 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Amit Shah arrives in Patna to attend Nitish Kumar's oath-taking ceremony

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Patna on Monday to attend Chief Minister-designate Nitish Kumar's oath-taking ceremony, reported news agency ANI. Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has also arrived at the party office in Patna, the agency reported.

    14:53 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    CM, 8 others may take oath

    PTI reports informed sources as saying that besides Kumar, eight others from the four NDA constituents BJP, JD(U), HAM and VIP may be sworn in and the cabinet may be expanded at a later stage. Those from the JD(U) may include Ashok Choudhary, Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and Shravan Kumar. The possible induction in the ministry of Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, who was the assembly Speaker for the past five years, is being seen as an indication of the likelihood of the BJP having struck a hard bargain for the crucial post. Ashok Choudhary, who held building construction portfolio in the previous government and is the working president of the JD(U)'s state unit, thanked Nitish Kumar for "reposing his trust in me. This is a challenging tenure during which we also need to revive our party". The JD(U), which saw its tally fall to 43 from 71 in 2015, bore the brunt of the split in votes caused by the rebellion of Chirag Paswan's LJP. Others expected to be sworn in are Mukesh Sahni, the founding chief of Vikassheel Insaan Party, which has won four seats though Sahni himself lost, and Santosh Suman, whose father Jitan Ram Manjhi is a former chief ministr and the president of Hindustani Awam Morcha.

    12:52 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    RJD to boycott ceremony

    RJD says they will boycott the oath-taking ceremony of Chief Minister-designate Nitish Kumar. "The public gave the mandate to change which is against the NDA," says the party.

    JDU chief Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as Bihar CM in Patna, later today.

    11:57 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Renu Devi responds to Deputy CM query

    "It is a big responsibility. If people have elected us and trusted the NDA, we will work to meet their expectations," BJP leader Renu Devi on being asked if she will take oath as Deputy CM of Bihar later today (ANI)

    11:32 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Tejashwi Yadav to not attend ceremony

    Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav will not attend the oath-taking ceremony of Bihar CM designate Nitish Kumar to be held in Patna today.

    10:43 (IST)16 Nov 2020
    Tarkishore Prasad says he and Renu Devi may become new Deputy CMs

    "There are indications that Renu ji (BJP leader Renu Devi) and I will take oath as Deputy Chief Ministers of Bihar," Bharatiya Janata Party leader Tarkishore Prasad says (ANI)

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