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Bihar Politics highlights: ‘We will stay together,’ says Nitish after returning to NDA

Bihar Politics highlights: Nitish Kumar took oath as chief minister for the record 9th time after breaking ties with RJD and returning to NDA.
Nitish Kumar speaks to media after swearing-in as chief minister of Bihar on Sunday.
Nitish Kumar speaks to media after swearing-in as chief minister of Bihar on Sunday.

Bihar Politics highlights: Nitish Kumar took the oath as the chief minister of Bihar for the record ninth time on Sunday, resigning on the same day and breaking ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). He returned to the BJP-led NDA, and following this, two of BJP leaders – Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha – also took the oath as deputy chief ministers. The list of ministers who took the oath on Sunday also included members of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) (HAM-S) party and an independent MLA....Read More

Nitish Kumar dumped the Mahagathbandhan he had joined less than 18 months ago and dealt a body blow to the opposition bloc INDIA.

The party's political adviser and spokesperson K C Tyagi told reporters in Delhi that the grand alliance government in Bihar is on the verge of collapse, and accused a section of the Congress leadership of repeatedly "insulting" Kumar.

"The INDIA bloc is on the verge of collapse. The alliance of INDIA bloc parties is almost over in Punjab, West Bengal and Bihar," he said.

Here are the top points on the recent developments in Bihar politics:

  • All major political parties of the state-- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-- continued parleys with their legislators all along Saturday.
  • Till late evening, hectic parleys went on in JD(U) -- which blamed the Congress for insulting Kumar, in the BJP -- on how to receive Kumar once again, in RJD, the largest party in the legislative assembly -- on how not to yield any ground in any situation that arises in Bihar on Sunday.
  • The JD (U), which has called a meeting of its legislators on Sunday, held an informal meeting with legislators over tea on Saturday evening.
  • People familiar with the consultations between the JD(U) and the BJP said the latter proposed the names of Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad for the posts of deputy chief minister. Still, Prasad may likely be replaced by Sushil Modi who Kumar prefers.
  • However, BJP’s other alliance partners, the LJP (Ram Vilas) and HAM-S seem jittery over the developments.

Follow all the updates here:
Jan 28, 2024 9:20 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: ‘INDIA bloc will be benefitted,’ says Jharkhand Congress president on Nitish's exit

Nitish Kumar LIVE: On Nitish Kumar's exit from INDIA bloc Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur says,“When we form alliance, we keep people in focus and not party. There is nothing much to say (on Nitish’s departure from alliance), people of Bihar are watching everything. INDIA Alliance will be benefitted from this move.”

Jan 28, 2024 8:19 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: ‘What is the guarantee he will continue,’ questions DMK leader RS Bharathi as Nitish returns to NDA

Nitish Kumar LIVE: DMK leader RS Bharathi on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar rejoining NDA says, “What is the guarantee that Nitish will continue as part of NDA till the Parliament elections? Let us wait and watch.”

Jan 28, 2024 8:00 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: HAM-S president says, ‘Now I have got chance to serve public again’

Nitish Kumar LIVE: Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) president Santosh Kumar Suman after taking oath as a minister in the new Nitish Kumar-led government says, “Now I have got a chance to serve the public again. I thank PM Modi, CM Nitish Kumar, Jitan Ram Manjhi and all those who considered me capable of serving my state and the people of Bihar... (RJD-JDU) alliance was not pure, there was pressure on Nitish Kumar and he was not able to work there... He took a good decision and joined NDA...Now there will be good governance and development in Bihar.”

Jan 28, 2024 7:44 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: 'Tolerated Nitish Kumar's Hindi push for cordiality in INDIA bloc,' says DMK leader TR Baalu

Nitish Kumar LIVE: Bihar chief Mmnister Nitish Kumar expressed that 'only Hindi should be spoken,' and the party accepted it for the sake of harmony in the INDIA alliance, stated DMK leader T R Baalu on Sunday, according to PTI.

Baalu, addressing reporters after seat-sharing discussions with Congress leaders, noted that Nitish Kumar's departure from the INDIA alliance seemed to stem from longstanding issues, and there wouldn't be any electoral consequences due to his decision.

Jan 28, 2024 7:36 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: ‘No Oppn party can take on us,’ says BJP's Agnimitra Paul

Nitish Kumar LIVE: On Nitish Kumar taking oath as Bihar CM after joining NDA, BJP MLA Agnimitra Paul says, " The kind of work that has been done by Central govt over the 10 years under the leadership of PM Modi, no opposition party can take on us...if Nitish Kumar has come to his census and if he wants to be with us to fulfil PM Modi's dream of taking the nation forward, it is a good thing...from the very first day the INDI alliance was formed, we have been saying there is no importance of it. Even if nobody leaves that alliance and they work with their whole strength still they can't survive in front of the leadership of PM Modi. We want the entire INDI alliance to fight against PM Modi, we also want to see how strong they are"

Jan 28, 2024 7:05 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: JP Nadda on JD(U) returning back to NDA

Nitish Kumar LIVE: BJP national president JP Nadda after Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) returned back to NDA says, “Now with the NDA govt, there will be stability and improvement in law in order in Bihar.”

“Now the double engine govt will benefit Bihar,” he added.

Jan 28, 2024 6:54 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: ‘Now there will be development in Bihar,’ says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Jan 28, 2024 6:43 PM IST

Nitish Kumar LIVE: ‘We will stay together,’ says Bihar CM after returning to NDA

Nitish Kumar LIVE: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar after returning to BJP-led NDA says, “We will stay together. 8 leaders took oath as ministers today and the rest will be inducted soon. Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Sinha have been appointed as Deputy Chief Ministers.”

Regarding RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav's statement that "JDU will be finished in 2024," Nitish Kumar says, “We work for the development and progress of Bihar. We will keep doing the same, nothing else. Tejashwi was not doing anything. Now I am back where I was before (in NDA) and now there is no question of going anywhere.”

Jan 28, 2024 6:25 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Newly sworn-in deputy CM Samrat Choudhary says ‘We will win all 40 LS seats’

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Bihar's newly elected deputy chief minister Samrat Choudhary says, “We will win all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. In 2020 we won the elections and defeated Lalu Yadav's family and will do the same in future also.”

Jan 28, 2024 6:07 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘This is a very strong cabinet,’ says HAM-S leader Jitan Ram Manjhi

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Former Bihar CM and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi says, “This is a very strong cabinet. The problems that were going on in Bihar in the past will be improved and the state will progress rapidly.”

Jan 28, 2024 6:02 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘We will win all 40 seats in Bihar,’ says Rashtriya Lok Jana Dal leader after Nitish's return to NDA

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal's Upendra Kushwaha on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's return to BJP-led NDA says, “We (NDA) will win all the 40 seats in Bihar (in 2024 Lok Sabha elections).”

Jan 28, 2024 5:47 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘He is an oppurtunist,’ says UP Cong chief after Nitish's return to NDA

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: UP Congress chief Ajay Rai on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's return to BJP-led NDA says, “I think it is clear now that Nitish Kumar is an opportunist. People are now aware of this and they would give him a befitting reply.”

Jan 28, 2024 5:38 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Independent MLA Sumit Kumar Singh takes oath as minister

Jan 28, 2024 5:33 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: More ministers in the new Nitish-led government take oath

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Shrawan Kumar from JD(U), Santosh Kumar Suman from Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), and Sumit Kumar Singh took the oath as ministers following Nitish's swearing-in as chief minister.

Jan 28, 2024 5:26 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: BJP's Prem Kumar takes oath as minister

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: BJP's Prem Kumar takes oath as as a member of the council of ministers in the new Nitish Kumar-led government

Jan 28, 2024 5:22 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: BJP leaders Samrat Choudhary, Vijay Kumar Sinha take oath as ministers.

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: In the Nitish Kumar-led government, BJP leaders Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha are sworn in as ministers. Additionally, JD(U)'s Bijendra Prasad Yadav took the oath as a minister in the new government.

Jan 28, 2024 5:18 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Nitish Kumar takes oath as chief minister for the 9th time

Jan 28, 2024 5:00 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Nitish Kumar reaches Raj Bhavan in Patna

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Nitish Kumar has reached Raj Bhavan for the oath ceremony, marking his ninth consecutive swearing-in over the past two decades. This comes after his separation from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Jan 28, 2024 4:52 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Visuals from Raj Bhavan in Patna

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: BJP Bihar president Samrat Chaudhary, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) president Chirag Paswan, and other leaders have arrived at Raj Bhavan in Patna to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of the new government.

Earlier today, Nitish Kumar resigned as the Chief Minister and aligned with the BJP-led NDA coalition.

Jan 28, 2024 4:48 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: BJP chief Nadda meets governor Rajendra Arlekar

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: In Patna, BJP national president JP Nadda holds a meeting with Governor Rajendra Arlekar. Nitish Kumar stepped down as the Chief Minister today and aligned with the BJP-led NDA coalition. He is set to retake the oath today for the ninth time, accompanied by two new deputy chief ministers from the BJP.

Jan 28, 2024 4:41 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: JD(U) leader Neeraj Kumar after split with RJD

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Janata Dal-United (JDU) leader Neeraj Kumar strongly criticised the estranged ally RJP, stating that the party had not successfully controlled its leaders from making unfavourable public statements against their governing partner.

Speaking to ANI on Sunday, Neeraj Kumar said, "What did they (RJD) do to control leaders who foul-mouthed us?"

"Nitish Kumar need not offer anyone any excuses (for quitting the grand alliance). He did not compromise with governance. RJD is hurt as Nitish Kumar made large-scale appointments without indulging in any irregularities. There were no underhand dealings or funny business when it came to postings either. Did they even ask their leaders to go easy on their foul language?" the JD(U) leader added.

Jan 28, 2024 4:35 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Shashi Tharoor attacks Nitish Kumar with English prowess

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor responded to JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar's recent political shift on Sunday, labelling him a 'snollygoster'. Tharoor, known for his eloquent use of English, characterised Kumar in his distinctive manner, employing the term, which denotes "a shrewd, unprincipled politician". Read full story here

Jan 28, 2024 4:25 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘Khela abhi baki hai,’ says RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: On Nitish Kumar joining NDA, RJD leader and former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav says, "Khela abhi baki hai, we stand with the public."

Nitish Kumar resigned as the chief minister earlier today and will again take the oath shortly with potential new BJP deputy chief ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha.

Jan 28, 2024 4:20 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: BJP leader Rituraj Sinha on oath-taking ceremony

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: BJP leader Rituraj Sinha, discussing the upcoming oath-taking ceremony set to take place shortly in Patna, says,“BJP chief JP Nadda will arrive, and he will attend the oath-taking ceremony. We (BJP leaders) are also here (Patna) for the same. As per the information received, Chirag Paswan will come with the BJP chief, JP Nadda.”

Jan 28, 2024 4:16 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Raj Bhavan in Patna gears up for oath-taking ceremony

Jan 28, 2024 4:13 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Who are potential new BJP deputy CMs set to take oath today?

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: The upcoming Bihar government, led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is expected to feature two deputy chief ministers, as per sources cited by news agency ANI. Samrat Choudhary, chosen as the leader of the BJP legislative party in Bihar on Sunday, and Vijay Kumar Sinha, elected as its deputy leader, are likely to assume the roles of deputy chief ministers in the new administration. Read more about them

Jan 28, 2024 4:04 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Take a look at why Nitish Kumar left NDA and formed govt with RJD in 2022

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: In August 2022, Nitish Kumar joined the Mahagathbandhan, breaking ties with the BJP, citing accusations of attempting to divide his JD(U). He established a new government through a diverse coalition, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad Yadav/Tejashwi Yadav, Congress, and three Left parties.

Previously the senior partner in Bihar's NDA, the JD(U) witnessed a decline, lagging behind its junior ally, the BJP. Nitish Kumar grew dissatisfied with the BJP, holding them responsible for the significant decrease in his party's assembly seats from 71 in 2015 to 43 in 2020, while the BJP's count rose from 53 to 74, becoming the second-largest party after RJD's 75.

Reportedly, Nitish Kumar attributed the BJP for influencing Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan to field candidates in nearly all constituencies where JD(U) was contesting. Read full story here

Jan 28, 2024 3:54 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: What does political strategist Prashant Kishor have to say about Nitish's switch again?

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Political strategist Prashant Kishor made some strong comments about Nitish Kumar on Sunday, his political mentor turned bete noire, as Bihar is all set to witness a new government with Nitish becoming the chief minister with the help of the BJP. Describing Nitish Kumar as a cunning individual deceiving the people of Bihar, Prashant Kishor stated that his alliance with the BJP would not endure until the next Bihar assembly election, scheduled for 2025. Read full story here

Jan 28, 2024 3:47 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Lalu's daughter refers to Nitish Kumar as ‘garbage’, ‘snake’ in social media posts

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Rohini Acharya, the daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad, on Sunday took a dig at Nitish Kumar, seemingly referring to him as ‘garbage’. She posted a tweet that said: "Garbage goes back into the dustbin. Congratulations to the dustbin for getting the stinkiest garbage." Read more

Jan 28, 2024 3:35 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: JD(U) blames Cong for INDIA bloc collapse in Bihar

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: On Sunday, Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) attributed the disintegration of the INDIA bloc in Bihar to the Congress, alleging that its leaders focused on fortifying their party rather than supporting the opposition alliance, PTI reported.

K C Tyagi, the Janata Dal (United) spokesperson, informed the media that a faction within the Congress aimed to take control of the INDIA bloc leadership. He claimed that Mallikarjun Kharge's name was put forward as the chairperson in a calculated plot. The JD(U) expressed surprise at the decision regarding Kharge during the INDIA bloc meeting, asserting that they had expected their president and Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, to be named the convenor without being burdened with the chairperson role, as per their initial understanding.

Jan 28, 2024 3:30 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Celebrations at BJP office in Patna as Nitish set to join NDA shortly | Watch

Jan 28, 2024 3:23 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Asaduddin Owaisi takes dig at Tejashwi Yadav over AIMIM MLAs' RJD switch in 2022

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Commenting on Nitish Kumar's departure from the Bihar Mahagathbandhan, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi criticised Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday for luring four AIMIM MLAs to join his RJD party in 2022. Owaisi remarked that Tejashwi Yadav "is experiencing what he put us through." Read more

Jan 28, 2024 3:16 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Political strategist Prashant Kishor on Nitish Kumar's return to BJP-led NDA

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Political strategist Prashant Kishor on Nitish Kumar's return to BJP-led NDA says, “If you look back at my remarks over the past one year, then you would find out that I was the only person who on camera said that Nitish Kumar can change his side anytime. People already know that Nitish Kumar is a 'palturam' and 'sardar of palturams'. However, today's incident has shown that all politicians in Bihar are also ‘palturam’.”

Jan 28, 2024 3:03 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘He is becoming a subject of mockery,’ says Congress leader Pawan Khera on Nitish exiting INDIA bloc

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: On Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) exiting Opposition bloc INDIA and joining NDA, Congress leader Pawan Khera says, "Someone who has to leave has to say something or the other. It is not easy to live with one's conscience after taking such a step. If you are doing this for the 9th time, the conscience probably left you long back. He can say whatever he wants...Nitish Kumar could have had his name registered in history in a good manner but think about what situation he has brought himself in. He is becoming a subject of mockery in every household. Now, it is his desire if he wants to be a subject of mockery."

Jan 28, 2024 2:58 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘We welcome Nitish Kumar and congratulate people of Bihar,’ says RLP MP Prince Raj

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: On Nitish Kumar resigning as the chief minister of Bihar and returning to BJP-led NDA, Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party MP Prince Raj says, "We welcome Nitish Kumar, and also congratulate the people of Bihar... The law and order situation in Bihar had deteriorated under the 'mahagathbandhan' government and 'jungle raj 2.0' could be seen... The situation that changed in Bihar was because of miscommunication and misunderstanding... Better late than never, things have been sorted out..."

Jan 28, 2024 2:54 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘Tejaswi Yadav only thought about family but not Bihar youth,’ says BJP leader Nitin Navin

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: After Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) broke ties with RJD in Bihar, BJP leader Nitin Navin says, “He (Tejashwi Yadav) only thought about his family and party and kept the youth of Bihar unemployed...The oath ceremony will be held today at 5 pm.”

Jan 28, 2024 2:50 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: TMC criticises Nitish Kumar for repeated ‘political somersaults’

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: TMC on Sunday strongly criticised Nitish Kumar, the president of JD(U), for his “frequent political somersaults” following his departure from the 'Mahagathbandhan' in Bihar, PTI reported. The TMC asserted that the public will respond appropriately to such "opportunism."

Earlier in the day, Kumar resigned as Bihar chief minister, citing that "things were not working well" for him within the 'Mahagathbandhan' he had joined less than 18 months ago and in the opposition bloc INDIA.

"Nitish Kumar is known for his political somersaults at regular intervals. It is unfortunate that he has decided to quit the opposition grouping INDIA and is likely to join the NDA. The people will give a befitting reply to such political opportunism," Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy said.

Jan 28, 2024 2:45 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: JD(U) MLC Neeraj Kumar on Bihar's new govt including BJP and HAM

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: In anticipation of the new government forming in Bihar, which will include leaders from the BJP and Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM), JD(U) MLC Neeraj Kumar says, “We are going to form a new government with BJP and HAM. For those who were claiming that it wouldn't be easy this time - we submitted a letter of support by 128 MLAs, at the Raj Bhavan. CM will be sworn in as a 9th-time CM...We made this decision due to the absence of seriousness in INDIA Alliance...INDIA Alliance has died an untimely death in politics. Their story is finished.”

Jan 28, 2024 2:38 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh addresses press conference | Watch

Jan 28, 2024 2:36 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘Not surprising,’ says Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Nitish Kumar exiting the INDIA bloc says, “Nitish Kumar's resignation as Bihar CM is not surprising. He is an experienced leader, but he keeps changing his political colour. People of Bihar will give him and his masters in Delhi a befitting reply.”

Ramesh was addressing a press conference as Nitish Kumar is set to retake oath as the chief minister of Bihar, along with his potential new deputy chief ministers from the BJP, Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha.

Jan 28, 2024 2:29 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘Nitish was not a major stakeholder of INDIA bloc,’ says DMK leader Saravanan Annadurai

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: DMK leader Saravanan Annadurai on Nitish Kumar resigning as Bihar chief minister says, “Nitish Kumar was one of the constituents of the INDIA alliance, but he was not a major stakeholder. Probably, he was a big figure in terms of personality but after what he has done now, his personality has... I don't know how the people of Bihar will accept it that he has joined the BJP.”

Jan 28, 2024 2:24 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: In face of Nitish's exit, RJD's Mukesh Kumar Yadav asserts confidence in party's leadership

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: On Nitish Kumar joining BJP-led NDA and breaking ties with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), RJD leader Mukesh Kumar Yadav says, “We have faith in our leader and we will follow him. We will go among the public.”

Jan 28, 2024 2:20 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘Congress wanted to steal,’says JD(U)'s KC Tyagi after Nitish returns to BJP-led NDA

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Following Nitish Kumar's resignation as Bihar chief minister and his departure from the ruling Mahagathbandhan and the INDIA bloc, JD(U) KC Tyagi alleged on Sunday that the “Congress aims to seize and claim the leadership of the Opposition alliance,” ANI reported. The alliance, comprising 28 Opposition forces nationwide, was established with the shared goal of thwarting the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Jan 28, 2024 2:13 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: ‘Will establish good governance,’ says Vijay Sinha who is likely to take oath as deputy CM today

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Vijay Sinha, deputy leader of Bihar BJP legislative party, who is likely to take oath as deputy CM today says, "We are determined to re-establish good governance by giving a farewell to RJD."

Jan 28, 2024 2:01 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Chirag Paswan on Nitish Kumar set to take oath as Bihar CM again

On JD(U) joining NDA and Nitish Kumar set to take oath as Bihar CM again, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) president Chirag Paswan says, "...I will attend the oath ceremony today as an NDA ally. It is a matter of joy that NDA is coming to power in Bihar...We too have a vision of 'Bihar First, Bihari First'. I have said earlier too that I have had policy-based differences with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and I still have those differences. If the work continues as per his policies, the differences will probably continue in the time to come. I have always believed that his policies have not facilitated development in Bihar..."

Jan 28, 2024 1:55 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Congress leader Tariq Anwar on Nitish Kumar and JD(U) joining NDA

On Nitish Kumar and JD(U) joining NDA, Congress leader Tariq Anwar says, "We have faced such challenges several times. The Opposition is strong here. RJD, Congress and Left will face this challenge together and I think people of Bihar won't forgive Nitish Kumar this time. People of Bihar are being toyed with. They are being mocked. Bihar's image has suffered a blow..."

Jan 28, 2024 1:47 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Congress calls Nitish’s exit ‘not-surprising’, RJD says he will sink NDA's boat, BJP thanks him

INDIA bloc parties mounted a scathing attack on Bihar’s ex-Chief minister Nitish Kumar, after he tendered his resignation on Sunday, with Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge claiming that he already knew this was coming and underlining that political turncoats like Kumar keep coming and going.

“This information was already given to us by Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav that he would leave. Today that came true. If he wanted to stay, he would have stayed but he wants to go. That’s why we already knew this, but to keep the India Alliance intact, if we say something wrong, a wrong message will be sent….In this country there are a lot of ‘aaya ram gaya ram’ type people,” Kharge said.

Kumar tendered his resignation from the post of Bihar CM to Governor Rajendra Arlekar and informed the later about his decision to sever ties with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, citing bad relations with the Rashtriya Janata Dal.. This is his fifth turnaround since November 2005.

Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications, Jairam Ramesh too echoed Kharge’s statement and said that it was ‘not-surprising’ at all while jibing that Kumar had changed parties so many times, that he could give a touch challenge to chameleons.

Jan 28, 2024 1:34 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Swearing-in at 5 pm today, Nitish to take oath as CM along with deputies Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Sinha

Swearing-in at 5 pm today, Nitish to take oath as CM along with deputies Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Sinha, says ANI.

Jan 28, 2024 1:27 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Nitish Kumar to be Bihar CM for the 9th time - 6 times with support of BJP and thrice with RJD

Nitish Kumar to be Bihar CM for the 9th time - 6 times with support of BJP and thrice with RJD.

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Jan 28, 2024 1:10 PM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE Updates: Nityanand Rai on Nitish Kumar's resignation

On Nitish Kumar joining NDA, Union Minister and BJP MP Nityanand Rai says, "Today is an important day for Bihar... Now Bihar will move forward on the path of development and we will win all 40 Lok Sabha seats of Bihar and PM Modi will be elected PM for the third time."

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