Nitish Kumar to begin ninth term as Bihar CM amid political stir; Two deputies to accompany

Bihar Political Stir: Governor Arlekar accepted his resignation and requested him to serve as the caretaker chief minister until the formation of the new government.

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Bihar Political Stir: After resigning as Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar is set to take the oath for his ninth term at 5 pm today, accompanied by two deputy chief ministers from the BJP, Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Sinha. The swift political developments culminated in Nitish submitting his resignation letter and letters of support from BJP legislators to Governor Rajendra Arlekar.

Resignation and Transition

Leaving the Governor's House alongside MLAs, Nitish ensured the smooth transition of power. Governor Arlekar accepted his resignation and requested him to serve as the caretaker chief minister until the formation of the new government.

Oath-Taking Ceremony

The oath-taking ceremony, slated for 5 pm, aims to prevent a power vacuum in Bihar, known for its intricate political landscape. BJP National President JP Nadda is expected to arrive in Bihar later in the day to oversee the proceedings.

Deputy Chief Ministers

Amid speculation about potential deputy CMs, BJP's spokesperson Sumit Shashank clarified that Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Sinha would be sworn in as Nitish's deputies.

Nitish Kumar's Political Journey

Nitish Kumar, who severed ties with the BJP in 2022, played a crucial role in forming the 'Mahagathbandhan' to challenge PM Narendra Modi. His political journey saw multiple alliances and realignments, with notable shifts in 2000, 2013, 2017, and 2022.

From 'Jungle Raaj' to Grand Alliances

In 2000, Nitish became CM for the first time, campaigning against Lalu Prasad Yadav's 'Jungle Raaj.' After parting ways with the NDA in 2013 over Narendra Modi's candidacy, Nitish returned as CM in 2015 through a grand alliance with the RJD and Congress.

Grand Alliance Fallout and Recent Resignation

However, he exited the grand alliance in 2017, citing corruption allegations against the RJD. In 2022, Nitish Kumar once again snapped ties with the BJP, accusing them of conspiring against him.

The current political scenario underscores Bihar's propensity for fluid alliances and the dynamic nature of its political landscape.