Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for record 8th time

JDU leader Nitish Kumar takes the oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the 8th time, at Raj Bhavan, in Patna on Wednesday.
JDU leader Nitish Kumar takes the oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the 8th time, at Raj Bhavan, in Patna on Wednesday. ANI

Patna: JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday took oath as Bihar chief minister for a record eighth time in a no-frills ceremony at Raj Bhavan, a day after snapping ties with the BJP-led NDA and joining hands with the RJD to form a Mahagathbandhan’ government.

Kumar was sworn in besides RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, who is likely to be designated as his deputy. A notification is likely to be issued tonight, naming him as the deputy chief minister.

Other cabinet ministers will be sworn in later once the three main alliance partners -- the JD(U), RJD and Congress -- decide on the number of berths and the legislators who will be made ministers.

Kumar is likely to retain the all-important Home portfolio, while the RJD may get most of the departments that were previously with the BJP, a highly-placed source said.

He said an in-principle agreement has been reached about the composition of the new cabinet, which is likely to have 35 members or more , drawn from Kumar’s JD(U), the RJD and the Congress.

Euphoric scenes were witnessed outside the Raj Bhavan and residences of Kumar and Yadav, as hundreds of supporters of JD(U) and RJD celebrated beating drums, bursting crackers and distributing ‘laddus’ (sweetmeats).

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