Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Nitish snap ties with BJP; to take oath as Mahagathbandhan’s CM today

Nitish Kumar, once seen as a potential rival to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, broke ranks with the BJP-led NDA coalition Tuesday to stake claim as head of the rival ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) to be chief minister of Bihar for the eighth time.
Kumar, 71, who earlier in the day submitted his resignation as the chief minister heading the NDA coalition, said he submitted a list of 164 MLAs to Governor Phagu Chauhan, who is likely to swear him and a small cabinet into office at 2 pm on Wednesday at Raj Bhavan.
The effective strength of the state Assembly is 242 and the magic figure is 122.
RJD’s leader Tejashwi Yadav will be the deputy CM and the new cabinet will have representatives from RJD and Congress besides JD(U), according to sources. The Left parties are likely to give outside support.
Besides upsetting political calculations, the move is seen as significant as it diminishes the clout of the BJP in a key state in the Hindi-speaking heartland from where most of its legislators come ahead of the 2024 general polls.