Bihar Political Stir: Nitish Kumar takes Chief Ministerial oath for record ninth time

Bihar Political Stir: The swearing-in ceremony took place at Raj Bhavan, where not only Nitish Kumar but also Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha assumed office as Deputy Chief Ministers.

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Bihar Political Stir: In a momentous turn of events, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar has taken the oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for an unprecedented ninth time, marking a significant shift in the state's political landscape. This move comes in the wake of Nitish Kumar's decision to sever ties with the "Mahagathbandhan" and embark on a new political journey with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Oath Amidst Political Dynamics

The swearing-in ceremony took place at Raj Bhavan, where not only Nitish Kumar but also Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha assumed office as Deputy Chief Ministers. The presence of BJP chief JP Nadda added fervor to the event, with chants of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's name echoing in the background.

A Strategic Political Pivot

Nitish Kumar's resignation from the Chief Minister's position, ending the Mahagathbandhan alliance, underscores his tactical political maneuvering. Citing dissatisfaction with the alliance's functioning, Nitish Kumar expressed that he heeded to the advice from various quarters, leading to this decision.

Steadfast Leadership Despite Turbulence

Irrespective of the political turbulence and alliances, Nitish Kumar has consistently retained the Chief Minister's chair, showcasing his ability to navigate the complexities of Bihar's political landscape. His association with both the Mahagathbandhan and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) underscores his strategic adaptability.

Political Configuration in Bihar Assembly

With 243 seats in the Bihar Assembly, the RJD, BJP, JD(U), Congress, CPI (M-L), CPI(M), CPI, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), AIMIM, and an Independent legislator contribute to the diverse political spectrum. Nitish Kumar's political journey, marked by various alliances and realignments, adds a distinctive chapter to Bihar's political history.

Historical Context of Nitish Kumar's Leadership

Nitish Kumar's political trajectory began in 2000 when he assumed the Chief Minister's role, advocating against the 'Jungle Raaj' under RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. Subsequent years witnessed his alignment with and departure from the NDA, forging grand alliances, and addressing issues of corruption and governance.

A Complex Political Chessboard

Nitish Kumar's decision to break ties with the BJP in 2022 and subsequently unite opposition forces reflects his dynamic political approach. The saga of alliances, accusations, and shifts in political allegiance unveils the intricate chessboard on which Bihar's political narrative unfolds.

The Ongoing Political Odyssey

As Nitish Kumar commences his ninth term, the intricacies of Bihar's political odyssey continue to evolve. The resilient leader's ability to navigate these complexities and maintain political relevance leaves an indelible mark on the state's political landscape.

In this unfolding political saga, Nitish Kumar's ninth term as Bihar Chief Minister adds a new chapter, promising both challenges and opportunities on the horizon.