Nitish Kumar Oath Taking Ceremony LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi congratulates CM, assures 'all possible' support

Nitish Kumar Oath Taking Ceremony LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi congratulates CM, assures 'all possible' support

Nitish Kumar Oath Taking Ceremony LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi congratulates CM, assures 'all possible' support

18:25 (IST)

Ask BJP about deputy CM decision, says Nitish

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was quoted by ANI as saying that the BJP had decided not to chooseSushil Modi as the deputy chief minister after the recently concluded Assembly polls.

"It is the decision of the BJP to not field Sushil Modi as the Deputy Chief Minister. They should be asked about this," he said.

18:12 (IST)

'Hope you remain NDA CM', Chirag taunts Nitish in greeting

LJP president Chirag Paswan said on Monday that he hopes Nitish Kumar remains an "NDA chief minister" in a dig at the JD(U) chief as he "congratulated" him on taking oath of office for the seventh term.

Paswan, whose Lok Janshakti Party had walked out of the NDA in Bihar vowing to oust Nitish Kumar from power in the state, also congratulated the BJP on "making" him the chief minister.

"Congratulations to Nitish Kumar on becoming the chief minister again. I hope the government completes its term and you continue to remain an NDA chief minister," Paswan tweeted after Kumar was administered the oath of office by Governor Phagu Chauhan at the Raj Bhavan.

Paswan also said that he was sending a copy of the LJP's manifesto to the 69-year-old chief minister so that he could work on some of the promises made in it.

"Once again I congratulate you on becoming chief minister and the BJP on making you one," Paswan tweeted along with a website link to his party's manifesto. Though the LJP won just one seat in the polls, several JD(U) leaders have said that the Paswan-led party dented chances of Nitish Kumar's party in over two dozen seats, reducing it to just 43 in the 243-member Assembly. 

18:02 (IST)

Four JD(U) members sworn in as cabinet ministers

Four JDU leader,  Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Ashok Choudhary, and Mewa Lal Choudhary, take oath as cabinet ministers.

17:50 (IST)

Narendra Modi says NDA will work together for Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nitish Kumar as taking oath as the Chief Minister Of Bihar for his fourth straight term on Monday. Modi was one of the BJP leaders who had endorsed JD(U) chief Nitish as the NDA's chief ministerial candidate since before the Assembly polls.

17:47 (IST)

K Palaniswami congratulates Nitish on taking oath

17:37 (IST)

Nitish Kumar's tenure as Bihar CM:

The 69-year-old, who has had a continuous run since November, 2005, except for the period in 2014-15 when Jitan Ram Manjhi kept the chair warm for him, is on course to becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of Bihar, surpassing the record of Shrikrishna Singh who held the top post since before Independence till his death in 1961.

Kumar was first sworn in as CM in 2000, for a term that lasted barely a week as he failed to muster a majority and returned as a minister at the Centre in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Five years later, he returned with the JD(U)-BJP alliance winning a majority and upon completion of his tenure returned in 2010 when the coalition won a landslide victory in the Assembly polls.

He stepped down in May, 2014, owning moral responsibility for the JD(U)'s debacle in Lok Sabha polls, only to return in February, 2015 when a rebellious Manjhi was elbowed out. In November, 2015, the Assembly polls were fought and won by the Grand Alliance which then comprised JD(U), Lalu Prasad's RJD and Congress with Kumar back as the chief minister.

He, however, abruptly exited the alliance in July, 2017, citing irreconcilable differences with the RJD and resigned as Chief Minister only to return in less than 24 hours armed with the support of the BJP. 

17:22 (IST)

Tejashwi Yadav says hope Nitish makes employment priority

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav congratulated Nitish Kumar on taking oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time. He added, "I hope that instead of the ambition of the chair, he will make the government's priority in the 19 lakh jobs and jobs of Bihar's Janakaksha and NDA and positive issues like education, medicine, earning, irrigation, hearing."

17:14 (IST)

HAM, VIP, BJP leaders sworn in as ministers

Santosh Kumar Suman, son of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, and Mukesh Sahni of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) took oath as Cabinet ministers.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Mangal Pandey and Amarendra Pratap Singh also took oaths as ministers.

17:12 (IST)

Ashok Chaudhary, Mewa Lal Chaudhary take oaths as Cabinet ministers

JD(U) leader Ashok Chaudhary, who was given charge as working president of party's state unit ahead of Assembly polls, was sworn in as a Cabinet minister.

JD(U)'s Mewa Lal Choudhary, who emerged victorious in the Tarapur in the Bihar Assembly polls over RJD's Divya Prakash, took oath as a Cabinet minister.

17:03 (IST)

WATCH: Nitish Kumar takes oath as CM

JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for the fourth consecutive term amid boycott by the RJD, which emerged as the single-largest party in the Bihar Assembly polls with 75 seats.

16:59 (IST)

Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Bijendra Prasad Yadav sworn in as Cabinet ministers

The Sarairanjan MLA considered to be close to Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Cabinet minister. The JD(U) leader became the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 2015.

Bijendra Prasad Yadav too returned to he Bihar Cabinet. He is currently the Minister of Energy in the Nitish Kumar-led Cabinet.

16:50 (IST)

Renu Devi sworn-in as Deputy CM

Renu Devi was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister. She has served as a minister in the Nitish Kumar Cabinet formed after the 2010 Bihar Assembly polls.

She is a a four-time MLA from Bettiah constituency in the Champaran region, which is considered a BJP stronghold.

16:45 (IST)

Tarikishore Prasad sworn in as Deputy CM

Fourth term Katihar MLA Tarkishore Prasad was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, a day after he was named the BJP legislature party leader on Sunday.

16:30 (IST)

Nitish Kumar arrives at Raj Bhavan

Bihar Chief Minister designate Nitish Kumar arrived at the Raj Bhavan in Patna ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.

Reports claim Tarikishore Prasad and Renu Devi have emerged as frontrunners for the position of the deputy chief minister, while the Assembly Speaker is likely to be from the BJP.

16:21 (IST)

Amit Shah, Devendra Fandavis arrive for swearing-in ceremony

Ahead of Nitish Kumar's swearing-in, BJP leaders including Amit Shah, JP Nadda and Devendra Fadnavis arrives the Raj Bhavan in Patna.

BJP nd JD(U) are the leading NDA partners that emerged victorious in the Bihar Assembly polls, which concluded on 7 November and the results of which were declared after counting of votes on 10 November.

16:00 (IST)

Bihar likely to have Speaker from BJP, 2 deputy CMs

Ahead of Nitish Kumar's oath-taking ceremony, the names of Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad emerged as likely candidates for the post of the deputy chief ministers, according to The Times of India.

Meanwhile, NDTV reported that the Bihar Assembly Speaker is expected to be from the BJP.

15:55 (IST)

Congress leaders echo need for introspection

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said in an interview to Indian Express that the party is yet to discuss its Bihar Assembly polls performance. "Maybe Congress leadership thinks it should be business as usual," he said in a tweet.

In response, Tariq Anwar said, "We need to discuss our performance in Bihar. Although, it is not party's national issue but of Bihar alone. As far as central leadership is concerned, they supported us. It is Bihar leadership's fault for not using opportunity properly."

Party leader Karti Chidambaram too said in a tweet that it is time to "introspect, ideate, consult and act".

Sibal was part of the group of 23 senior Congress leaders who had in August written to party chief Sonia Gandhi making suggestions to revive the organisation.

15:36 (IST)

Amit Shah, JP Nadda to attend oath-taking ceremony

BJP chief JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah will attend Nitish Kumar's swearing-in ceremony to be held in Patna shortly.

The BJP, JD(U) and other parties came together to form the victorious coalition in Bihar. BJP won in 74 seats, while JD(U) won in 43 constituencies and staked claim to government formation with the support and Hindustani Awam Morcha and Vikassheel Insaan Party, which had bagged four seats each.

15:14 (IST)

RJD to boycott swearing-in ceremony

Bihar's main opposition party RJD said it will boycott the oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar, claiming the mandate in the elections was "against the NDA" which has been changed by a "fraud".

"The RJD boycotts oath-taking ceremony of this puppet government. The mandate is for a change, and against the (ruling) NDA. The peoples verdict has been changed by the rulers order," the RJD, which emerged as the single-largest party with 75 seats, said in a tweet. "Ask the unemployed, the farmer, the contract worker and teacher as to what they are going through. People are angry with NDAs fraud. We are public representatives and we stand with people," it said.

15:10 (IST)

Nitish Kumar to be sworn in as CM

Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar is set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth consecutive term, with the party having won the recently concluded Assembly elections in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The swearing-in will be held between 4 and 4.30 pm at the Raj Bhavan in Patna.

Nitish Kumar Oath Taking Ceremony LATEST Updates: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nitish Kumar as taking oath as the Chief Minister Of Bihar for his fourth straight term on Monday. Modi was one of the BJP leaders who had endorsed JD(U) chief Nitish as the NDA's chief ministerial candidate since before the Assembly polls.

Santosh Kumar Suman, son of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, and Mukesh Sahni of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) took oaths as Cabinet ministers.

Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth consecutive term by Governor Phagu Chauhan. Tarikishore Prasad and Renu Devi werre sworn in as the Deputy Chief Ministers, while Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and Bijendra Prasad Yadav took oaths as Cabinet ministers.

RJD said it will boycott the oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar, claiming the mandate in the elections was "against the NDA" which has been changed by a "fraud".

Ahead of Nitish Kumar's oath-taking ceremony, the names of Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad emerged as likely candidates for the post of the deputy chief ministers. Meanwhile, reports said the Bihar Assembly Speaker is expected to be from the BJP.

Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar is set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth consecutive term, with the party having won the recently concluded Assembly elections in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

However, suspense continues over the deputy chief minister and other ministers although there were speculations that BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi may not be reinstated as the deputy chief minister.

The JD(U) patriarch was on Sunday unanimously elected as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state legislature.

Katihar MLA Tarkishore Prasad was elected as the party's leader in the Assembly, while Bettiah MLA Renu Devi was elected as the deputy leader of the BJP legislature party,

After meeting Governor Phagu Chouhan to stake claim to government formation, Nitish said the swearing-in will take place Monday evening but parried questions about details like whether Modi would be returning as his deputy.

According to news agency PTI, Nitish said that a letter from all four NDA constituents was handed over to the governor, who directed that the oath-taking ceremony be held at the Raj Bhavan around 4 or 4.30 pm on Monday.

"After the swearing-in, we will convene the meeting of the cabinet where a decision on convening the Assembly session will be taken", said Kumar said.

The JD(U) leader had however evaded queries as to whether the BJP, which has won more seats than his party, has sought a greater representation in the Cabinet.

Though the NDA won the Assembly elections, the JD (U) was relegated to the third place as the seats held by the party fell to 43 from 71 in 2015. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerged as the single largest party with 75 seats while the BJP came a close second with 74 seats.

Along with alliance partners Hindustani Awami Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insaan (VIP), the NDA clinched 125 Assembly constituencies.

Nitish was declared the ruling coalition's chief ministerial candidate much before the election process had started and has received endorsement from top leaders of the saffron party.

Asked about Sushil, known to be close to Nitish, the former chief minister quipped "all things will be settled".

Speculation that Sushil may be replaced intensified after the senior BJP leader did not accompany Nitish to the Raj Bhavan on Sunday but went to the State Guest House along with defence minister Rajnath Singh, who had flown down as an observer of the BJP.

Shortly after Nitish's return from the Raj Bhavan, Rajnath and Sushil met the governor, fuelling speculation about the latter's future in the state's politics.

Rajnath also refused to comment on whether Sushil will be the deputy chief minister again, saying "it will be known in due course."

Sushil, who is an avid user of social media, had his designation as Deputy CM dropped from his Twitter handle.

The senior BJP leader also shared a cryptic tweet, stating that he will discharge whatever responsibility is handed over to him.

"Few might have got from the BJP and the RSS as much as I did in my 40 years of political career. I will fulfill whatever responsibility that comes my way in future. Nobody can, after, all, snatch away from me the post of a party worker", Modi said

Sushil has been the deputy chief minister of Bihar since 2005, barring a 20-month break when Nitish Kumar formed a government in alliance with the RJD in 2015, and is known to share an excellent rapport with the chief minister

The names of Prasad, a Vaishya who is known to be close to Sushil Modi, and Renu Devi an Extremely Backward Caste (EBC) who was formerly the party's national vice-president, kept doing the rounds for the post though there has been no official confirmation.

There was also speculation that Bihar might go for two Deputy chief ministers like in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Prasad and Renu Devi might be elevated as a step in that direction.

However, Prasad said that as a dedicated BJP worker , he would try to perform whatever responsibility is given to him with all dedication while Renu Devi said she will follow the party's order.

Names of eight-term MLA from Gaya town Prem Kumar and that of Kameshwar Choupal, a Dalit MLC who had laid the foundation stone for the temple at Ayodhya in the 1990s, were also doing the rounds for the post in the political circles.

"I have not been staking any claim. We are all committed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of making Bihar Atmanirbhar. NDA leaders will amicably decide who should be the leader and the deputy leader," PTI quoted Prem Kumar as saying.

It is also not yet known who all from the four NDA constituents —the BJP, JD(U), HAM and VIP — form the state cabinet. The HAM and VIP have won four seats each.

The outgoing Bihar government had a total of 30 ministers, including Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi. Among them, 18 were from the JD(U) and the rest 12 from the BJP.

Jitan Ram Manjhi, who heads the HAM has made it clear that since he has already served as chief minister he won't take up any ministerial assignment.

Ten of the of 24 ministers of the previous Cabinet who contested he polls, lost while Nitish, Modi and four others members of the state's Legislative Council did not contest the polls.

Among the losing ministers from the JD(U) are Shailesh Kumar, Santosh Kumar Nirala, Jay Kumar Singh, Krishnandan Verma, Ram Sevak Singh, Ramewsh Rishideo, Khursid alias Firoz Ahmed and Lakshmeshwar Rai. From the BJP, Suresh Kumar Sharma and Brij Kumar Bind are the two ministers who lost.

With inputs from PTI