Nitish back as Bihar CM, Sushil Modi is Deputy CM

Nitish Kumar sworn in as chief minister of Bihar BJP's Sushil Modi is deputy CM

Nitish takes oath as Bihar CM again

It was left to RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son and ex-deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav to represent the Opposition in the Assembly.

"It is plain opportunism, the way Nitish Kumar has deserted the alliance and chosen to form the government again with the BJP", says Professor Ramesh Dixit, who retired from the Lucknow University.

Backed by the BJP, Nitish Kumar on Thursday returned as the Bihar chief minister for the sixth time barely a day after his dramatic resignation that dented opposition's unity which could have a bearing on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Asserting that his decision to break the alliance with RJD was taken in favour of the state, Nitish said, "This government will work and serve the people of Bihar".

In 2013, a year before the BJP came to power at the centre, Mr Kumar lashed out against Mr Modi's politics. As the scenario for him to be accepted as a united opposition challenger to Modi looked bleak, Nitish chose to concentrate on Bihar. "Whatever step I have taken is in the best interest of Bihar which needs fast development to catch up with other developed States", the CM added. It was not Nitish Kumar alone. From Nitish's point of view all these factors had made running the state a hard task. "We will seek the court's intervention as we, despite having the majority (with Congress, CPI-ML and Independents), were denied the chance to form the government", said Tejashwi, who marched to Raj Bhavan with a five-member delegation. "We will not support the one who will accumulate income through wrong means", Nitish said. And given that JD (U) shared a good working relationship with BJP during their earlier tie-up, dissolving the mahagathbandhan became a beneficial prospect for Nitish. A special session of the Bihar Assembly has been called today to facilitate the trust vote of the newly formed JD (U)-NDA government in the state.

Asked if during his campaign he ever imagined that his efforts would end up breaking the grand alliance, Modi told The Pioneer, "Door door tak nahi socha tha (I had imagined even wildly)".

Now coming back to Modi's personal corruption in the Sahara diaries and the Aditya Birlas case, and his not willing to be scrutinized, speaks volumes about his stand on Corruption.

On Nitish's fight against corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him and offered support. "The mandate was for governance", he said in a short speech in the assembly. "The HC will hear the PIL on Monday", said RJD legislator Bhai Birendra.

Nitish Kumar was on Thursday sworn in as the chief minister along with BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi as his deputy.

Singh, a former Minister, said the RJD will reply to Nitish Kumar for his "cheating and betrayal" at its August 27 party rally.

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