Nitish Kumar, the JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister, has made history by taking oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for a record ninth time. This incredible achievement comes after his party, the JD(U), joined the BJP-led NDA bloc, severing ties with the RJD. The swearing-in ceremony took place at 5 pm on January 28, 2024, at Raj Bhavan in Patna.
Preparations and Key Participants
Preparations for the oath-taking ceremony were underway at Raj Bhavan in Patna, with Nitish , two Deputy CMs from the BJP, Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, and six other ministers, including Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Santosh Kumar Suman, and Shrawan Kumar, set to take the oath.
Nitish Kumar’s Political Journey
Nitish Kumar, a seasoned politician, has been a key figure in Bihar politics for decades. His political journey has been marked by numerous alliances and shifts in political allegiances. Despite the challenges, Kumar has managed to maintain his position as the Chief Minister of Bihar, making him a perennial survivor in the world of politics.
Impact on Bihar Politics
Nitish decision to join the BJP-led NDA bloc has raised questions about the future of the IND alliance. However, Kumar’s actions have been defended by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who believes that this move will not weaken the IND alliance.
On On JDU Chief Nitish resigning as the CM of Bihar and JD(U)-BJP alliance, Prashant Kishor, Poll Strategist says, “I have been saying this since starting that Nitish Kumar can swap anytime. This has become a part of his politics… He is a ‘paltumaar’. But this (registration of Nitish Kumar) has also proved that not only Nitish Kumar, but BJP and every other leader is also a ‘paltumaar‘. Their (BJP) members who were earlier accusing him for several issues are today welcoming him…”
BJP’s Role in the New Government
The BJP has played a significant role in the formation of the new government in Bihar. The party has chosen two deputy CMs, Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, who will be sworn in alongside Nitish Kumar and other ministers.
Nitish Kumar‘s record-breaking ninth oath-taking ceremony as the Chief Minister of Bihar is a testament to his political prowess and adaptability. As he embarks on this new chapter in his political career, the future of Bihar politics remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: Nitish Kumar is a leader who continues to defy expectations and make history.