Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for fourth term

Patna: Nitish Kumar has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth successive term on Monday evening in Raj Bhavan.

Reports said Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumar at 4:30 pm. Senior BJP leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda were present during the oath-taking ceremony.

The BJP leaders Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi were sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers of Bihar. The JDU leaders took oath as ministers are Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Ashok Choudhary, and Mewa Lal Choudhary and BJP’s Mangal Pandey and Amarendra Pratap Singh.

Santosh Kumar Suman, son of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and Mukesh Sahni of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) also took oath as cabinet ministers of Bihar.

The ruling front in Bihar, comprising BJP and Janata Dal (United), secured 125 seats in the 243-member state Assembly.

The Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) has a dismal show compared to its last Assembly elections giving the BJP the upper hand in the alliance.

The BJP had contested 110 seats and won 74. The JD(U) fought 115,but won only 43 seats. It had won  71 seats in 2015 Assembly polls.