Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar will take oath as Bihar chief minister for a record fourth consecutive term on Monday with BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi likely to return as the deputy CM. Nitish was formally elected as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at a meeting of the coalition’s MLAs at his official residence in Patna.
Before start of the NDA meeting, Nitish was elected leader of the JD(U) legislative party by his party legislators. The JD(U) had received only 43 seats following the counting of votes on November 10, but the BJP’s tally of 74 pushed the NDA beyond the majority mark of 122.
The party to emerge as the single-largest was the RJD with 75 seats but an underwhelming performance by the Congress, at just 19 seats, meant the Mahagathbandhan fell short of the half-way mark in the 243-member assembly. Both RJD and Congress on Sunday questioned the NDA’s decision to make Nitish the CM again despite him not getting the mandate.
The BJP, the main constituent of the NDA, had said before the elections that the JD-U president would remain the chief ministerial choice irrespective of which party gets more seats.