Highlights: Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar CM for 8th time at 2pm tomorrow, says RJD
Bihar political crisis highlights: In July 2017, almost two years after winning the assembly elections with the Mahagathbandhan, Nitish Kumar ditched the alliance, and joined hands with the BJP.
Bihar political crisis highlights: The uncertainty over the fate of Bihar's NDA coalition government is all but over as chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar has reportedly decided to snap ties with the BJP, amid reports of a tiff between the two parties.
Meanwhile, opposition parties such as the RJD and Congress are both expected to support the JD(U), which contested and won the 2015 assembly elections as member of the Mahagathbandhan, which also comprised of, among others, the RJD and Congress. In July 2017, Kumar left the Mahagathbandhan to join hands with the saffron party, and continued as chief minister.
In October-November 2020, the NDA government won assembly polls in the state.
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Aug 09, 2022 10:18 PM IST
Nitish Kumar met Bihar governor twice in 2 hours: How political drama unfolded
JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar will take oath as chief minister of Bihar for the eighth time and his new ally Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD will be made deputy CM at the Raj Bhawan in Patna at 2 pm on Wednesday. Read more
Aug 09, 2022 10:05 PM IST
Congress likely to get 4 ministerial berths in new government in Bihar: Report
The Congress is likely to get four ministerial berths in the new government in Bihar as JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar snapped ties with the BJP and joined hands with the RJD-led alliance, news agency PTI reported.
Aug 09, 2022 09:39 PM IST
‘Nonsense’: Bihar BJP leaders fume after Nitish Kumar pole vaults to RJD
Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar, angry with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for teaming up with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), on Tuesday accused the Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) of backstabbing them and dismissing suggestions that Kumar’s exit from the NDA was designed to torpedo BJP’s attempt of break the JD(U). Read more
Aug 09, 2022 09:00 PM IST
JD(U) third major ally to snap ties with BJP in last three years
The JD(U) on Tuesday became the third major ally after the Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal to snap ties with the BJP after 2019. Within 18 months of the BJP's second consecutive Lok Sabha election victory, the party had lost two of its oldest allies - Shiv Sena and Akali Dal.
And now, with less than two years left for the next general elections, another major ally JD(U), the biggest in terms of lawmakers, moved out of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Aug 09, 2022 08:38 PM IST
Nitish spoke with Sonia, Rahul after resigning, expressed gratitude for support: Report
Nitish Kumar spoke with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and expressed his gratitude to them for supporting him after he broke ties with the BJP, Congress sources said on Tuesday, PTI reported.
Aug 09, 2022 08:22 PM IST
Sushil Modi calls Nitish Kumar's charge on BJP of trying to break JD(U) ‘a white lie’
It's white lie that BJP made RCP Singh Union minister without Nitish Kumar's consent and wanted to break JD(U): BJP's Sushil Modi.
Aug 09, 2022 08:19 PM IST
Nitish Kumar to take oath at 2 pm tomorrow
“The swearing-in ceremony of Honorable Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister will be held tomorrow at 2 pm at Raj Bhavan,” tweets RJD.
Aug 09, 2022 08:11 PM IST
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot says ‘it was bound to happen’
“It was bound to happen, they made an alliance to come to power and it eventually broke. They (BJP) had dictatorial behaviour be it in Goa, MP, or Maharashtra,” says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Nitish Kumar breaking away from the NDA alliance in Bihar.
Aug 09, 2022 08:06 PM IST
Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar CM for 8th time at 2pm tomorrow: Reports
Nitish Kumar will take oath as Chief Minister of Bihar tomorrow at 2 pm.
Aug 09, 2022 07:57 PM IST
Margaret Alva says ‘Bihar’s political realignment is a result of….’
Aug 09, 2022 07:45 PM IST
Watch: RJD supporters and workers celebrate in Patna
Aug 09, 2022 07:43 PM IST
BJP wasn't trying to destroy JD(U), says RS Prasad
"Nitish Kumar is disrespecting the mandate of Bihar's people. It's baseless that BJP was trying to destroy JD(U)," said BJP MP RS Prasad.
Aug 09, 2022 07:41 PM IST
‘BJP made him union minister several times, why did…’: BJP MP RS Prasad reacts after Nitish Kumar breaks alliance
Nitish Kumar has left and said that BJP was trying to destroy his party...BJP made him a union minister several times. He was also made a CM. Why did he re-think his decision on alliance with RJD in 2015 & came to BJP in 2017?: BJP MP RS Prasad
Aug 09, 2022 07:22 PM IST
Nitish Kumar finally realised his mistake, says former Rajya Sabha MP
Former Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar Ali Anwar welcomed the JD(U)'s decision to quit NDA and join the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar and said that after five years Nitish Kumar had realised his mistake.
Aug 09, 2022 07:19 PM IST
BJP accuses Nitish of insulting people's mandate, throws 'Paltu Ram' jibe at him
The BJP on Tuesday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "insulting and betraying" people's mandate while blaming his prime ministerial ambition for the JD(U)'s decision to walk out of the NDA and joining hands with the RJD-led opposition.
Aug 09, 2022 07:07 PM IST
‘I have been watching developments in Bihar…’: HD Devegowda
Aug 09, 2022 06:56 PM IST
Nitish Kumar & Tejashwi Yadav renew ties to form Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan govt
Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav met Bihar governor Phagu Chauhan on Tuesday and staked claim to form a new government of the Grand Alliance in the state. Read more
Aug 09, 2022 06:55 PM IST
'BJP destroys parties with whom it forms alliance,' says Tejashwi Yadav in a joint presser with Nitish Kumar
Across the Hindi heartland, BJP does not have any alliance partner, history tells that BJP destroys the parties with whom it forms an alliance. We did see that happening in Punjab & Maharashtra: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav
Aug 09, 2022 06:27 PM IST
We have support of 7 Parties, 1 Independent, says Nitish Kumar
I came here to meet Governor and gave my resignation. There are 7 parties including 164 MLAs along with Independents in Mahagathbandahan: Nitish Kumar at a joint presser with Tejashwi Yadav after meeting Governor
Aug 09, 2022 06:19 PM IST
BJP-JDU govt not as per mandate of people, says Sharad Yadav
People voted for the very same alliance during the state polls that have been formed now. The previous govt (BJP-JDU govt) was not as per the mandate of the people, it's only now that the state govt will be as per the people's mandate: RJD MP Sharad Yadav
Aug 09, 2022 05:55 PM IST
Developments in Bihar strong indictment of BJP's 'politics of intimidation', say oppn parties
Opposition parties on Tuesday said the JD(U) breaking ranks with the BJP is a "strong indictment" of the saffron party's "politics of intimidation" and shows a change in Indian politics.
Aug 09, 2022 05:49 PM IST
TMC welcomes political development in Bihar
Trinamool Congress on Tuesday welcomed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar quitting the BJP-led NDA and said no ally can safeguard its identity in the saffron camp as BJP with its "grab all politics" does not believe in the existence of regional parties, PTI reported.
Aug 09, 2022 05:44 PM IST
Former Bihar ministers of BJP rush back to Patna for the Core Committee meeting
Former Bihar ministers of the BJP rush back to Patna for the Core Committee meeting today as Nitish Kumar dumps the NDA and re-forges the Mahagathbandhan with RJD.
Aug 09, 2022 05:32 PM IST
Nitish, Tejashwi in Raj Bhawan to stake claim to form govt in Bihar
Nitish Kumar has reached Governor's house to stake claim as chief minister of 'Mahagathbandhan' alliance.
Aug 09, 2022 05:22 PM IST
Watch: Nitish Kumar & Tejashwi Yadav reaches Raj Bhawan in Patna
Nitish Kumar & RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav reaches Raj Bhawan in Patna.
Aug 09, 2022 05:14 PM IST
No morality, only power the motive behind Nitish Kumar's move: BJP minister
Union Minister and BJP leader RK Singh raised questions over the political moves of former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asking how the JD(U) leader would justify an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which he has often called "corrupt".
Aug 09, 2022 05:07 PM IST
Union minister Ashwini Choubey slams Nitish as 'opportunistic'
BJP leader and Union minister Ashwini Choubey on Tuesday accused outgoing chief minister Nitish Kumar of being "opportunistic" and said those "betraying" Bihar want to create obstacles in its development.
Aug 09, 2022 05:06 PM IST
Nitish Kumar elected leader of 'Mahagathbandhan', will stake claim to form new govt soon
Nitish Kumar elected leader of 'Mahagathbandhan' as prelude to staking claim to form new govt in Bihar, reports PTI.
Aug 09, 2022 04:53 PM IST
'Betrayal of Bihar's people': BJP reacts after Nitish Kumar breaks alliance
The BJP, in its first official reaction after Nitish Kumar met Governor Phagu Chauhan and tendered his resignation as chief minister of the NDA government in Bihar on Tuesday, said whatever happened was a betrayal of Bihar's people and the saffron party. Read more
Aug 09, 2022 04:50 PM IST
‘Good start’: Akhilesh says like Bharat Chhodo, new slogan is coming from Bihar
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday called the latest developments in Bihar a good start. As Nitish Kumar severed ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and gears up to renew alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Akhilesh said soon other political parties and people is different will stand against the saffron camp.
Aug 09, 2022 04:46 PM IST
Let's begin a new chapter, says Nitish Kumar to RJD's Tejashwi Yadav
Let us forget what happened in 2017 and begin a new chapter, said JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar to RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, reports ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 04:41 PM IST
Nitish Kumar & Tejashwi Yadav leave together residence of Rabri Devi in Patna
Nitish Kumar & RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav leave together the residence of Rabri Devi in Patna.
Aug 09, 2022 04:33 PM IST
Hindustani Awam Morcha extends support to Nitish Kumar
Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha extends unconditional support to Nitish Kumar & Mahagathbandhan, reports ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 04:27 PM IST
‘All JD(U) MPs, MLAs at consensus that…’: Nitish Kumar after his resignation
Soon after resigning as chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said all MPs and MLAs of the JD(U) are at a consensus that the party should leave the NDA. Read more
Aug 09, 2022 04:25 PM IST
Chirag Paswan demands imposition of President's Rule in Bihar
Chirag Paswan demands imposition of President's Rule in Bihar, accuses Nitish Kumar of insulting people's mandate for the second time, reports PTI.
Aug 09, 2022 04:12 PM IST
Nitish Kumar reaches Rabri Devi house
After tendering his resignation, Nitish Kumar reaches the residence of Rabri Devi in Patna.
Aug 09, 2022 03:59 PM IST
With support of 160 MLAs, Nitish Kumar stakes claim to form govt
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar submits support letter of 160 MLAs . Stakes claim to form govt.
Aug 09, 2022 03:53 PM IST
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar submits resignation after meeting governor
Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U)'s de-facto leader Nitish Kumar submitted his resi---to governor Phagu Chauhan. He reached the Raj Bhawan in Patna a while ago.
Aug 09, 2022 03:41 PM IST
Nitish Kumar arrives at Raj Bhawan in Patna
CM Nitish Kumar arrives at Raj Bhawan in Patna, to meet governor Phagu Chauhan shortly.
Aug 09, 2022 03:39 PM IST
'Would be difficult for RJD and JD(U) to stay together for long': Pashupati Paras
"Earlier also an experiment was done between RJD & JDU but they can't stay together for long. Again such an alliance is coming, it's not a good sign for Bihar's development. We have decided that our party will remain a part of NDA.", Union minister and RLJP president Pashupati Paras told ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 03:33 PM IST
Post Amit Shah's visit to Odisha, BJD sees Bihar developments as a blessing for the party
A day after Union home minister Amit Shah claimed that BJP would form government in Odisha in 2024 assembly polls, senior leaders of Biju Janata Dal said the collapse of BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar may have come as a blessing for the party.
Aug 09, 2022 03:31 PM IST
RLJP to stay in NDA, confirms party leader
"Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party (RLJP) is with NDA. We don't want to comment on the decisions of other parties but we are with NDA", Lok Sabha MP and RLJP leader Prince Raj was quoted as saying by ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 03:21 PM IST
Our government will give first priority to unemployed youth: RJD Sources
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is likely to extend support to Nitish Kumar. There'll be no differences in the allotment of portfolios. Tejashwi Yadav said that they have a strength of 160. If BJP attempts to create instability or tries to push for President's Rule, we'll give them a "befitting reply": RJD told news agency ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 03:12 PM IST
'Present alliance weakened party from 2020,' JD(U) MLAs, MLCs tell Nitish Kumar in key meeting
Sources noted that many JD(U) MLAs, and MLCs told CM Nitish Kumar in the meeting that their present alliance is weakening them since 2020. Without naming Chirag Paswan, they noted he was one such example and if 'they're not alert now, it won't be good for the party', ANI reported citing sources.
Aug 09, 2022 03:08 PM IST
'We strengthen our own party, don't weaken any other party': Bihar BJP minister Shahnawaz
We strengthen our own party, we don't weaken any other party. Going to Patna. Party leadership will give an official statement...We've worked honestly for business & employment of the people of Bihar...Party will make a comment, I won't: Bihar Minister & BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain.
Aug 09, 2022 02:46 PM IST
"Congratulations Nitish Kumar for leadership of new alliance...": JDU's Upendra Kushwaha
JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha congratulates Nitish Kumar for the "leadership of a new alliance".
Aug 09, 2022 02:34 PM IST
Amid Bihar upheaval, Speaker tests positive for Covid but recovers in a day
A day after he tested positive for Covid-19, Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha said his test reports have come out negative, amid a brewing political storm in the state, where he will play a key role in determining the legitimacy of any new formulation, PTI reported.
Aug 09, 2022 02:22 PM IST
‘BJP never initiated anything to…’: Union min as JD(U) all set to exit NDA
With a JD(U)-BJP split all but confirmed, Union minister and BJP leader Kaushal Kishore on Tuesday said that the party never initiated anything to stir up issues between the two parties. Read more
Aug 09, 2022 02:14 PM IST
BJP meeting at deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad's residence concludes; core committee meeting later
BJP meeting, at the residence of deputy chief minister Tarkishore Prasad concludes, reports ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 02:05 PM IST
TMC links early adjournment of monsoon session to Bihar crisis
Another big reason why PM @narendramodi and @AmitShah ran away and SHUT DOWN #ParliamentMonsoonSession FOUR DAYS EARLY: TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Twitter.
Aug 09, 2022 01:36 PM IST
BJP wants Nitish to continue as CM: Union minister
Don't want to make a comment but BJP never initiated anything that may stir up a controversy or create a situation of uncertainty among them. JD(U) will make a decision but BJP definitely wants Nitish Kumar to continue as CM: BJP leader and Union minister Kaushal Kishore
Aug 09, 2022 01:18 PM IST
Nitish Kumar to meet governor at 4pm: Reports
Bihar CM and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar to meet governor Phagu Chauhan today at 4pm, reports ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 01:07 PM IST
‘Why should I resign?’
Why should I resign? We're waiting for Nitish Kumar to make the first move, then we will take a step: Unnamed Bihar minister from BJP
Aug 09, 2022 12:26 PM IST
Nitish, Tejashwi to meet governor together
RJD leader and LoP in Bihar assembly, Tejashwi Yadav will meet Nitish Kumar at the latter's residence. Together, a total of 160 MLAs will then meet the governor at around 1pm.
Aug 09, 2022 11:49 AM IST
JD(U) seeks appointment with Bihar governor: Reports
Nitish Kumar's party seeks time to meet governor Phagu Chauhan amid buzz over rift with BJP, reports ANI.
Aug 09, 2022 11:30 AM IST
Will welcome Nitish Kumar, says Congress
If Nitish Kumar comes, we'll welcome him. If he comes we will support him. A meeting of Mahagathbandhan is underway. We should take a decision to support Nitish Kumar by considering him as the CM but we'll be able to tell you only after the meeting: Ajeet Sharma, Congress
Aug 09, 2022 11:15 AM IST
Bihar BJP leaders at deputy CM Prasad's residence
BJP's Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal and state general secretary (organisation) Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya among party leaders at deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad's residence in Patna.
Aug 09, 2022 10:43 AM IST
‘Our meeting is on the issue of Census’
Our meeting is on the issue of Census, everything is alright. We're happy in alliance with BJP: Kumud Verma, JD(U) MLC
Aug 09, 2022 10:26 AM IST
JD(U) leaders reach CM Nitish Kumar's residence
JD(U) MP Sunil Kumar and MLC Kumud Verma at CM Nitish Kumar's residence for the 11am meet; other leaders also present.
Aug 09, 2022 10:19 AM IST
MLAs of Left parties also reach Lalu Yadav's residence
Legislators of Left parties also arrive at Lalu Prasad Yadav's residence for the meeting that will commence at 11am.
Aug 09, 2022 09:54 AM IST
Before RJD meet, phones of MLAs being taken away
Legislators arrive at residence of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna; the meeting will begin at 11am and mobile phones of MLAs are being kept outside the meeting room.