After moving out of NDA, a day later on Wednesday Nitish Kumar is all set to take oath as Chief Minister of Bihar, the eighth time since he was first sworn in as the Chief Minister in the year 2000.
Nitish took oath as the CM for the first time on March 3, 2000, despite falling lack of majority, and remained as the CM just for a week. Neither the RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) nor the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) could cross the halfway mark in the Assembly, Nitish Kumar resigned on March 10, 2000.
In 2005, Nitish Kumar took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for the second time after his party bagged 88 seats and its ally, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) won 55 seats. The government sailed through the majority mark and he successfully completed his five-year term.
In the year 2010, Nitish was again sworn in as the Chief Minister, but in 2013 he left the BJP, and after the poll loss, he resigned and appointed Jitan Ram Manjhi as the CM. However, he returned as the CM in 2015. In 2015, Nitish made an alliance with the RJD and swept the polls, but in 2017 he parted ways with that party and teamed up with the BJP and continued it till the 2020 assembly elections.
On August 10, 2022, Nitish Kumar will be taking oath for the eighth time.
According to the sources, the new JD (U) – led government is likely to be the same as the previous one. Tejaswi Yadav is likely to be the Deputy Chief Minister again and might get a significant portfolio such as road construction.
The RJD is also said to get the Home portfolio and Speaker’s post.