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Lalu likely to miss Nitish Kumar's swearing-in

LK Advani, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, George Fernandes are among those expected to attend the function.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2005 15:15 IST

Post-election political activity picked up with victorious National Democratic Alliance MLAs arriving in Patna on Wednesday to formally elect Nitish Kumar as their legislative party leader ahead of the swearing-in on Thursday.

Kumar, state BJP president Sushil Modi and other senior NDA leaders would arrive in Patna from Delhi by a regular Sahara Airlines flight at 1355 hrs, BJP and JD(U) office bearers said.

The legislative parties of the two alliance partners would meet at their respective party offices at 1600 hrs ahead of a joint meeting of the NDA MLAs in the Conference Hall of the Legislative Council at 1800 hrs to formally elect Kumar as their leader.

BJP Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and General-Secretary Arun Jaitley would be present at the meetings as observers.

NDA delegation led by Kumar would call on Governor Buta Singh after the meetings.

Preparations were afoot for the swearing-in of the new government at the historic Gandhi Maidan at 1300 hrs on Thursday.

Party sources said a Deputy Chief Minister and more than one dozen ministers were expected to take oath along with Kumar.

BJP President LK Advani, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, NDA Convenor George Fernandes, Chief Ministers of a few states besides a few former Bihar Chief Ministers are among those expected to attend the function.

There were indications, however, that a crestfallen Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former CM Lalu Prasad may not attend the oath taking ceremony.

Party sources said he would leave for Delhi by a Sahara Airlines flight at 1430 hrs, barely half an hour after the arrival of Kumar in Patna.

First Published: Nov 23, 2005 13:16 IST