Nitish Kumar Returns as Bihar Chief Minister

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In a political twist that reverberated across Bihar, Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar reclaimed the position of Chief Minister for the ninth time, marking a dramatic realignment in the state’s political landscape. The events unfolded swiftly as Kumar, earlier in the day, severed ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and aligned himself with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The day began with Nitish Kumar tendering his resignation as the Chief Minister of Bihar, signaling an end to the Mahagathbandhan alliance comprising the JDU, RJD, and Congress. The sudden move took many by surprise, as Kumar, who had been at the helm since 2005 with brief interruptions, cited irreconcilable differences with his former ally, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

Hours later, a political spectacle unfolded in Patna as Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister once again, this time under the banner of the NDA. The oath-taking ceremony was attended by BJP National President JP Nadda, who had flown down to Patna to mark the occasion. The alliance between the JDU and the BJP, which had seen intermittent phases of collaboration and separation in the past, was rekindled as Kumar positioned himself at the forefront of the NDA.

The move holds significant implications for the political dynamics in Bihar, given Nitish Kumar’s enduring presence and influence in the state’s politics. His decision to switch allegiance reflects a strategic calculation to align with a political formation that appears to offer stability and a common ideological ground. The NDA, with its renewed alliance with the JDU, strengthens its position in Bihar, consolidating a formidable force against opposition parties.

As Nitish Kumar assumes office for the ninth time, questions arise about the impact of this political maneuver on the governance of Bihar. The dynamics of the new alliance will be closely observed, particularly regarding policy decisions, development initiatives, and the overall direction the state takes under the NDA government.

The political landscape of Bihar, known for its fluid alliances and realignments, has once again witnessed a seismic shift with Nitish Kumar’s return as Chief Minister under the BJP-led NDA. The repercussions of this move are likely to unfold in the coming months, shaping the trajectory of Bihar’s political narrative and influencing the larger national political scenario.