At the crucial meeting, Nitish Kumar was elected as the leader of the NDA in Bihar. Kumar will now become the chief minister of the state for the fourth straight term. The oath-taking ceremony will be held on Monday.
The leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Sunday participated in a joint meeting, where Nitish Kumar was elected as the alliance’s leader in Bihar. Nitish Kumar will take oath as the chief minister of Bihar for a fourth consecutive term on Monday.
The meeting started at 12:30 pm and was attended by a host of NDA leaders. The meeting of the NDA leaders was held at Nitish Kumar’s official residence in Patna. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was present at the meeting, announced that Kumar has been elected as the leader of the NDA in Bihar.
Before the outcome of the NDA meeting, the Janata Dal (United) had also elected Nitish Kumar as the legislature party leader in a separate meeting. Soon after the meeting, Kumar approached the governor to stake claim to form the next Bihar government.
Earlier on Friday, the four NDA partners in Bihar — BJP, JD(U), HAM and VIP — met at Nitish Kumar’s residence for an informal meeting to discuss the future course of action regarding government formation in Bihar.
At the meeting, Nitish Kumar had confided that the NDA’s legislature party’s meeting would be held on Sunday at 12:30 pm. Besides selecting Kumar as the leader, a host of other decisions will be taken regarding the government formation in Bihar.
“The meeting will start at 12:30 pm on Sunday, November 15 where all further decisions will be taken,” said chief minister-elect Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U).
“These formalities have to be completed before the formation of a new government. The cabinet’s recommendations will be forwarded to the governor whose approval will be followed by other steps leading to the formation of a new government,” Kumar added.
Despite BJP emerging as the largest party in the ruling alliance in Bihar with 74 seats, the top leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi has endorsed Nitish Kumar as the next chief minister of the state. It may be noted that the JD(U) has lost a considerable amount of vote share and just managed to win 43 seats in the Bihar elections.
Kumar, however, was declared the ruling coalition’s chief ministerial candidate much before the election process had started.
According to a PTI news report, the other issues that were up for discussion at the meeting included the representation of each constituent in the cabinet and the election of the new assembly speaker.
The crucial meeting came days after the NDA emerged victorious in a cliffhanger contest. The NDA managed to win 125 seats while the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan gave a strong fight and won 110 seats.