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Nitish Kumar is Bihar CM again; former allies call tie-up with BJP betrayal

Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi also slammed Kumar for shaking hands with the BJP for 'personal gains'

IANS  |  Patna | New Delhi 

Nitish Kumar with senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi at an oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Thursday. Modi will be deputy chief minister . Photo: PTI
Nitish Kumar with senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi at the oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Thursday. Modi will be deputy chief minister. Photo: PTI

was on Thursday sworn in as the Bihar Chief Minister at the head of a JD-U-government, a day after he dumped the and the Congress, but faced murmurs of protest from senior leaders including The Kerala unit of his party snapped ties with him.

also came under attack from former allies who called his decision a "betrayal" of the 2015 mandate.

Nitish Kumar, who took the oath of office and secrecy with his former Deputy of the BJP, has to prove his majority in the Assembly on Friday.

He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at a hurriedly-organised event at the Raj Bhavan as JD-U supporters raised slogans of "Zindabad".

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The new JD-U-combine including some other parties has submitted to the Governor a list of 132 MLAs, 10 more than the half-way mark of 122 in the 243 member Assembly.

They include 71 of JD-U, BJP's 53, RLSP's and LJP's two each, HAM's one and three independents. The has 80 MLAs and its ally has 27. The CPI-ML, bitterly opposed to the BJP, has three members.

"My commitment is for the people of Bihar and for the development of Bihar. The decision is in Bihar's interest and for its development," said after taking oath.

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The Chief Minister pledged to take the state to new heights of development.

It was not a smooth affair though as two JD-U MPs, M.P. Veerendra Kumar, head of the party's Kerala unit, and Ali Anwar (Bihar) rebelled against his decision to embrace the

The unhappy leaders met at Sharad Yadav's residence in Delhi and said the veteran was upset with The meeting was also attended by JD-U General Secretary Arun Srivastava and spokesperson Javed Raza.

Veerendra Kumar said he was ready to quit the Rajya Sabha to pursue his fight against "fascist forces".

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"We are not accepting the JD-U joining the NDA and our relations with have ended. It's shocking has joined the NDA. We all thought that he will fight the fascist tendencies but he has now become a part of it."

Veerendra Kumar added: "He (Sharad Yadav) told me there is no question of accepting the present stand of "

"None of the party office bearers were consulted before taking such a cruel decision," Anwar said. He said on Thursday morning spoken to over phone and briefed him about the circumstances under which he chose to go with the

Nitish Kumar's move marks his return to the NDA after almost four years. The JD-U severed ties with the after it chose Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate in 2013.

Lalu Prasad, whose son faces corruption charges and which triggered the collapse of the Grand Alliance, accused of "cheating" the people of Bihar. He said "conspired" with the to get graft cases filed against his family.

"I made him the Chief Minister despite my party being the single largest party in the state."

The leader said his party was consulting legal experts and may approach the Supreme Court as the verdict in the S.R. Bommai case was not followed while inviting to form the government in Bihar.

Vice-President also slammed for shaking hands with the for "personal gains".

"The mandate was against the communal stand of the but Nitish has chosen to embrace them. We were aware of what was going on for three-four months. This is the problem with Indian For the sake of power and personal gains, they compromise with anything."

BSP chief accused of betraying the people of Bihar. "Democracy will be weakened. This is another example of hunger for power."

First Published: Fri, July 28 2017. 08:09 IST