Nitish meets PM, assured of full cooperation
He met Manmohan Singh at his office in parliament before leaving for Patna to stake claim to form government.india Updated: Nov 23, 2005 22:05 IST
Bihar's chief minister in waiting Nitish Kumar on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who offered him full cooperation for his government in the state.
Nitish Kumar met Manmohan Singh at his office in parliament before leaving for Patna to stake claim to form a government.
Though he described the meeting as a "courtesy call", Nitish Kumar told reporters that the prime minister had assured him of the centre's full cooperation for the state of Bihar, resource rich but underdeveloped.
Nitish Kumar, who will be sworn in on Thursday, said he would also meet the prime minister after taking over as chief minister to discuss Bihar's developmental issues.
The JD-U leader, currently the Lok Sabha MP from Nalanda, Bihar, was in parliament when the house met to condole the demises of former president KR Narayanan and other parliamentarians.
The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine on Tuesday secured a landslide victory, winning 143 seats in the 243-member Bihar Assembly.