Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar reiterated his commitment to growth and development, while outlining the need to keep working for demand for special status, but, this time, with the help of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre.
He also hinted, that he would work with eastern states to take stand on common issues for the development of the region.
Though there is no talk of a council of eastern states, this could come off politically in some time, he hinted.
Saying that he would prove his majority at the very outset of the budget session, which will be followed by expansion of cabinet, Kumar said, "all ministers would retain their original portfolios as they were the choice of the party."
He emphasized, that he would not work with animus or prejudice to influence or upturn any decision taken by the previous regime, but would examine them administratively before implementing them.
"There will be no bias, no prejudice, no witch hunt", he said.
The ambivalence was gone, as Kumar, while acknowledging ex-CM Jitan Ram Manjhi and BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav among the rest of the special invitees who attended his swearing in, added, that "he would work closely with the PM and the Centre, so that Bihar is able to get its dues."
"We may be on opposite sides politically, but when it comes to developmental needs, no Centre can ignore any backward state", Kumar said.
He thanked the Prime Minister for his tweet congratulating him on his return to power. "My stint at the Centre and in the state has taught me that we need to emphasize on working together. Politics can stay where it is. Development cannot be equated with politics and should not be", Kumar said.
"The states which are laggard and backward need more attention. No development can be uni-dimensional. It has to develop on several parameters and this cannot be done alone. I am sure, I will work as much as I need to meet targets", Kumar added.
Kumar significantly pointed to 'the unity' of the JD-U, RJD, Congress and the CPI, as seen in recent times, and said it should stay that way.
"That they stay united for a higher cause is most needed. Bihar has to change. We need everybody's cooperation. The talent of Biharis in other states and abroad also needs to be harnessed for the betterment of the state. In fact I appeal to them to share the responsibility and the dream to create a better state", he said.
Kumar recalled the circumstances under which he had to return, without detailing it, just adding, that he had taken charge again with his heart and soul and would work with vigour.
Thanking the people for the mandate in 2005 and 2010, he said he realised that his resigning the post, was not liked by anyone and that it was wrong. "Even people on the streets started assailing me, which made me feel, how incorrect the decision to resign had been".
He said his government would hit the ground running to restore 'sushashan' (good governance) in conformity with law, restore confidence, lift Bihar's pride and take it out of poverty and backwardness with emphasis on development in every field.
"It is with these priorities in mind that I will re-start work on the roadmap, which had been planned out. If there has been error, course corrections would be done to propel Bihar faster. For this, we are ready to cooperate with the Centre and believe, I will get as much cooperation," Kumar said.