AGENCIES, Patna: Nitish Kumar will be the chief minister of Bihar for a fourth straight term, the NDA said on Sunday after a meeting of its legislators. The NDA, which won the recently-concluded election in Bihar with a wafer-thin majority, has met the Governor to stake claim to form government.
“The Governor was informed of the NDA’s decision and we submitted the letter of support of MLAs. The oath ceremony will take place n Monday afternoon. We will talk and decide who all will take the oath. After the ceremony, the cabinet will decide when the House will convene,” Nitish Kumar told reporters.
The NDA alliance has got 125 of Bihar’s 243 Assembly seats, three above the halfway mark.
The MLAs of the ruling alliance formally named Nitish Kumar amid speculation about a change after the voters’ mandate was seen as one against the chief minister, who had faced anti-incumbency after three terms. The 69-year-old, dubbed Mr Sushashan Babu (Mr Good Governance) for years, had been blacklisted by many voters over his handling of the migrants’ issue during the lockdown, local-level corruption and what the opposition called a failed prohibition.
Kumar’s Janata Dal United has delivered an abysmal performance, slipping from the 71 seats it won in 2015 to 43, giving the BJP — which won an unprecedented 74 seats — the upper hand in the alliance.