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Aligned with BJP in the interest of Bihar, says chief minister Nitish Kumar

On Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of him, Kumar said he will give reply to all his queries and those of others at the “right time”.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2017 19:29 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference in Patna.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference in Patna.(File photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said the “collective” decision to part ways with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was taken in the interest of the state and its people.

“Whatever decision we have taken will be in the interest of Bihar and its people. It will ensure development and justice. It will also ensure progress. This is a collective decision. I assure that our commitment is to the people of Bihar,” Kumar told reporters after taking oath, amid reports that senior leaders like Sharad Yadav and party MP Ali Anwar were among those unhappy with his decision to align with the BJP.

On Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of him, Kumar said he will give reply to all his queries and those of others at the “right time”.

Gandhi had alleged that Kumar had returned to “communal forces” for “selfish” political motives.

Kumar was on Thursday sworn in as the chief minister of the state. Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who will be his deputy in the new government, also took oath.

Kumar had resigned as chief minister of the Grand Allaince government on Wednesday night after a fall out with the partner RJD over corruption charges against Lalu Yadav and some of his family members, including son Tejashwi, who was the deputy chief minister.