Sushil Modi back as Deputy CM, floor test in Bihar Assembly today; angry RJD seeks legal opinion 

Tejashwi Yadav questioned the “haste” with which Kumar was invited to form the next government. RJD national spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said party was seeking legal opinion to challenge the Governor’s decision to invite the Kumar-led alliance to form the government.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: July 28, 2017 9:40 am
Nitish Kumar, Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar Floor Test, NDA, JD(U), Narendra Modi, India news, Indian Express Nitish Kumar and Shushil Kumar Modi wave at gathering after they were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Dy Chief Minister respectively, at a ceremony in Patna on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

Leaving Opposition unity in tatters after resigning as chief minister of the Grand Alliance government in Bihar, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA Thursday at the head of a new government in the state with the BJP as partner. He was administered the oath of office by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who asked him to prove his majority on the floor of the House Friday — this will be Kumar’s sixth stint as Chief Minister.

Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister, a post he had held for more than seven years under Nitish Kumar before they parted ways in 2013 in the run-up to the last Lok Sabha elections. Modi said the cabinet will be named once the alliance partners decide on the allocation of departments.

Shortly after the Raj Bhavan ceremony, the JD(U) announced support to the BJP-led NDA government in both Houses of Parliament. Kumar told reporters: “Whatever decision we have taken will be in the interest of Bihar and of its people. It will ensure development and justice. This is a collective decision… our commitment is towards the people of Bihar.” | Also Read: Nitish back in NDA: In embrace this time, BJP has the upper hand

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his greetings, Kumar said: “There will be no compromise on matters of corruption. We expect cooperation from the Centre for the development of Bihar.” Earlier, the Prime Minister, in a tweet, said: “Congratulations to @NitishKumar ji & @SushilModi ji. Looking forward to working together for Bihar’s progress & prosperity.”

Kumar stepped down Wednesday night as Chief Minister of the Grand Alliance — it comprised the JD(U), RJD and Congress — following a fall-out with the RJD over corruption charges against Lalu Prasad and his family members. Lalu’s son, Tejashwi Yadav, was Deputy Chief Minister in the outgoing government.

On Thursday, an angry RJD stayed away from swearing-in ceremony, saying the Governor had not taken any note of their request of calling the single largest party to form the government. In the House of 243, the RJD has 80 MLAs, JD(U) 71, Congress 27 and CPI (M-L) 3. This was the Grand Alliance.

On Thursday, the NDA alliance submitted a list of 132 MLAs to the Governor — JD(U)’s 71, BJP 53, RLSP 2, LJP 2, HAM 1 and Independents 3.

Tejashwi Yadav questioned the “haste” with which Kumar was invited to form the next government. RJD national spokesperson Manoj Kumar Jha said the S R Bommai case ruling had been overlooked and his party was seeking legal opinion to challenge the Governor’s decision to invite the Kumar-led alliance to form the government. Also Read | Scripted well: A few hours that changed Bihar

Describing Kumar’s return to the NDA as “good riddance for clarity of Opposition politics”, Jha dared the Chief Minister to go for secret ballot during the floor test. He claimed that at least 48 JD(U) MLAs were with the RJD. Asked to name the MLAs, Jha said: “They are anyway in captivity. We do not want any harm done to them.”

Earlier, Kumar entered Raj Bhavan amid chants of zindabad along with Sushil Kumar Modi. Only one chair was placed next to that of Kumar. Modi smiled as he sat on the chair after being administered the oath of office.

Speaking to reporters later, Kumar said: “Let me reiterate my agenda of good governance and development with justice. We will work together for a stronger Bihar.” Sushil Kumar Modi said: “The CM will expand his cabinet soon. We will decide our priorities once the formality of ministry allocation is done.”

(PTI adds: On the RJD’s claim that it has the numbers, JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi said, “They should stop making tall claims and if they really have the numbers, let them prove it in the floor test. We have our numbers and we will prove it.”

“It was a mistake to forge an alliance with RJD. We had information that to save themselves from CBI cases, they were in touch with Union Ministers in Delhi and were planning to topple the Nitish Kumar government,” Tyagi said. “We regret our decision to run the government with such a person (Lalu Prasad) for 20 months. We blame ourselves for committing a mistake of taking their MLA count from 22 to 80,” he said.)

BJP partners RLSP, HAM (S) and LJP congratulated Kumar. LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said: “I had predicted that the Grand Alliance government would fall midway. I extend my warm wishes to Nitish Kumar for becoming NDA CM”. RLSP chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha said: “We will cooperate with Nitish Kumar in running the government smoothly, and for the development of Bihar.”

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    Dev Verma
    Jul 28, 2017 at 6:05 pm
    "DHARAM VEER KI JODI" END CRIME AND CRIMINAL AND SCAMIST FROM BIHAR AND BRING A NEW BIHAR WHERE NO LALU'S ARE TO BE SEEN IN FUTURE. PERFECT TIMING. KEEP IT UP.
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      KRISHNA
      Jul 28, 2017 at 3:26 pm
      Mr.Aravind Kejarirwal praises Mr. Nitish. Next Mr.AK will join BJP. No friends no enemies in politics.
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        Chandu Shah
        Jul 28, 2017 at 1:03 pm
        How can the public be so stupid about lalooters and his family
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          SRIDHAR IYER
          Jul 28, 2017 at 10:19 am
          Governor did the right thing. LALU YADAV PRIVATE LIMITED is angry because they thought they can horse trade and buy some JD U mlas and their dream went into water! Let us hope that this is the beginningof the end of LALU YADAV PRIVATE LIMITED!
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            Indian
            Jul 28, 2017 at 9:55 am
            A Very GOOD IDEA. RJD should challenge the matter starting from the LOWEST COURT to SC. .......................... Al least some of the LOOT of LALOO FAMILY will get distributed amongst the LAWYERS.
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              Rajas
              Jul 28, 2017 at 10:00 am
              Nitish has come back to NDA thinking the retiring and dying age feku might die soon and he may take over as next PM. Nitish is a very far sighted and cunning leader.
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              Mohit
              Jul 28, 2017 at 9:18 am
              If they care for democracy then go for fresh elections without being coward and opportunists. They know they may not win so they choose this path of fraud than principles. We are worried for the people of Bihar where communalism, Mob Lynchings, juingle raj similar to UP, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, haryana, MP and Gujarat will bring lawlessness, communal Riots and Saffron terrorism.
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                KS KUMAR
                Jul 28, 2017 at 9:51 am
                Why fresh elections were not asked when Nitish continued to be CM with the support of RJD and congress and leaving NDA. If these people care so much for democracy they should have demanded dissolution of Assembly when Nitish left NDA in 2013/14.
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                  Rajas
                  Jul 28, 2017 at 10:03 am
                  Make no mistake if Nitish will see that he cannot become PM in 2019 then he may return to his Mahagathbandhan. He expect Feku not to last till 2019, because of his too old retiring and dying age.
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                  Indian
                  Jul 28, 2017 at 10:00 am
                  LALOO had only ONE AIM- PROTECT his LOOTING FAMILY. ......... And Mr NITISH just wouldn't allow it. ...... Rest is HISTORY.
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                    Rajas
                    Jul 28, 2017 at 10:05 am
                    Nitish eyes are on PM chair. He expects Feku to die soon because of his too old age.
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                      Indian
                      Jul 28, 2017 at 11:30 am
                      Superb Nitish, nest way to shock Lalu and company...please wipe out the family and clean Bihar for India..
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                      Chandu Shah
                      Jul 28, 2017 at 1:05 pm
                      With fresh elections NDA will definitely win
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                      TIHAEwale
                      Jul 28, 2017 at 9:03 am
                      let the voters know how their representatives behave today ( whose interest they serve - their own or voters) however Nitish is a successful aaya ram gaya ram but definitely not honest rather Nitish and Feku56-Tadipaar Amit are in same wave length if indeed they have majority of the house why not on winning confidence they seek dissolution of assembly and go to voters for approval
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                        ak dev
                        Jul 28, 2017 at 8:22 am
                        Nitish and Sushil Modi's team is the best bet for Bihar as Modi is for India.
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                          RB
                          Jul 28, 2017 at 8:36 am
                          Modi? Ha..ha..ha.. Ache Din...Kahan Hain....Where is Rs. 15 lakh which he promised in 100 days. GDP lowest in 25 years. Black money is still there in bigger way this time. Modi is taking country to Pracheen Kal where backward will feed themselves with religion because they will not have food.
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                            Indian
                            Jul 28, 2017 at 9:57 am
                            Ache Din will not happen for BIHARIS as long as they keep electing :LOOT PUNISHED LALOO and FAMILY.
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                              Satish
                              Jul 28, 2017 at 10:10 am
                              Loot is happening in Indian parliament with Rs. 15 lakh suits, and thousands of crore on foreign travel on Chartered plane full of chamchas almost every week, election campaigning on helicopters, BMWs wasting country's wealth like water. 2.5 lakh crores annual expenditure of those in power.
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