Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar CM on November 20

Nitish Kumar was also elected the leader of the Grand Alliance legislature party leader paving the way for his becoming the CM.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 14, 2015, 20:06 PM IST

Patna: Nitish Kumar, who along with RJD chief Lalu Prasad, steered the Grand Secular Alliance to a landslide mandate of over two-thirds majority in Bihar assembly poll, will be sworn in as Chief Minister on Novermber 20 for a third term along with his new cabinet.

Kumar, who was elected the leader of the Grand Alliance legislature party leader paving the way for his becoming the CM, told reporters outside Raj Bhawan after meeting Governor Ram Nath Kovind that he will take oath as Chief Minister on November 20 at 2 PM at Gandhi Maidan here.

Emerging from Raj Bhawan after about a 45 minute meeting, he said all the three parties of the alliance - JD(U), RJD and Congress would be part of his new cabinet.

In reply to a question by newsmen as to how many ministers would take oath with him on November 20, Kumar merely said the maximum limit for Bihar House was fixed at 36.

Asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP veteran L K Advani would be invited to the oath-taking function, Kumar said these matters "would be decided in due course and the media would be informed."

Kumar was earlier elected the Allaince's legislature party leader at its meeting and he later met the Governor staking claim to form government.

Lalu Prasad, his JD(U) counterpart Sharad Yadav, Congress General Secretary CP Joshi, JD(U) General Secretary KC Tyagi and state presidents of JD(U), RJD and Congress Basistha Narayan Singh, Ramchandra Purve and Ashok Choudhary respectively accompanied Kumar to the meeting with the Governor.

When mediapersons quizzed Kumar about names of probable ministers, he merely said "there is no problem and names have already been decided."

Kumar said the three Grand Allaince partners would work together to fullfill the peoples expectations.

"Rule of law is prevailing and will continue to be so in future too," he said in an indirect referrence to allegations by BJP of 'jungle raj' returning to the state with the inclusion of RJD in the alliance.

Kumar spoke of his seven-point vision, including Rs 4 lakh loan for students, monthly allowance of Rs 1000 for eight months to youths as help to find jobs and free wifi facility in colleges and universities.

These, he said, would be the common agenda of the Grand Secular Alliance government.

Kumar had earlier taken oath as CM in 2005 and 2010 heading NDA government of JD(U) and BJP. But Kumar had been on CM's chair first for seven days from March 3 to March 10, 2000 and in the current term when he took over the reins from his nominee Jitan Ram Manjhi in February this year.

Kumar travelled to Raj Bhawan from the meeting venue of the joint legislature party of the alliance together with Prasad in his official car.

In the morning, the outgoing cabinet sat for the last time and recommended dissolution of the Assembly. Kumar then went to Raj Bhawan with the government-formation claim which Governor Ram Nath Kovind accepted and asked him to continue till a new government comes into being.

Then JD(U)LP met and formally named Kumar as its leader.

The CLP meeting took place separately at its state headquarters at Sadaquat Ashram and the party legislators authorised Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to name its legislature party leader and also take a call on whether to join the government.