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    Bihar Political Crisis Highlights: JD(U)-RJD led 'Mahagathbandhan' in Bihar to take oath at 2:00 PM tomorrow

    Bihar Political Crisis Highlights: JD(U)-RJD led 'Mahagathbandhan' in Bihar to take oath at 2:00 PM tomorrow

    Bihar Political Crisis Highlights: JD(U)-RJD led 'Mahagathbandhan' in Bihar to take oath at 2:00 PM tomorrow
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    Bihar Political Crisis Highlights:  Hours after the resignation, Nitish Kumar will take oath as chief minister of Bihar tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Earlier today, Janata Dal (United) had snapped ties with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Nitish Kumar held a major party meeting with JD(U) Members of Parliament (MPs) and legislators at his residence today. According to the sources, all MLAs and MPs of the party supported CM Nitish Kumar's decision and said that they are with him.Since then, Kumar has met the Bihar Governor and resigned as the Chief Minister, met Rashtriya Janta Dal leaders, Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav, and gone back to the Governor to stake a claim of forming the government. Other political parties in the state including Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha, CPI, and CPI-ML have expressed unconditional support to JD(U).

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    Bihar developments indication of change in politics, indictment of BJP's 'politics of intimidation':Oppn
     
    Opposition parties on Tuesday claimed the JD(U) breaking ranks with the BJP is an indication of the change in Indian politics, asserting that their vision to fight the saffron party and its "politics of intimidation" has gained momentum. The BJP, however, accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "insulting and betraying" people's mandate while claiming that his "prime ministerial ambition" is the reason behind the JD(U)'s decision to walk out of the NDA and join hands with the RJDled opposition in the state.

    Sushil Modi dismisses JD(U)'s allegations that BJP wanted to break party

    Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Tuesday dismissed JD(U)'s allegations that the BJP wanted to break the party and made RCP Singh Union minister without Nitish Kumar's consent. He further said JD(U) was looking for an excuse to break ties with BJP, and underlined that "BJP will come back to power with a thumping majority in 2024." "It is a white lie that BJP had made RCP Singh Union minister without Nitishji's consent. It is also a lie that BJP wanted to break JD(U)," Modi said in a tweet.

    Singh was made Union minister last year as JD(U) representative but forced to resign last month as his Rajya Sabha term ended and his party denied him another term. Earlier in the day, Singh also tweeted expressing similar sentiments saying that JD(U)'s snapping of ties is a "betrayal of the mandate of 2020 given by the people of Bihar in favour of NDA." Modi, now Rajya Sabha MP, enjoyed good rapport with Kumar while serving as his deputy for many years.

    BJP suffers setback in Bihar but sees opportunity to grow

    Loss of power in Bihar has upset the BJP's calculations for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls but a section of its leaders also see a chance for the party to break the dominance of regional parties in the state like it has in Uttar Pradesh. JD(U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to dump the BJP for the RJD-led opposition, for the second time in nine years, comes when the alliance had lost much of the fizz in the recent months as differences between the two parties grew.

    While a section of Bihar BJP leaders was no longer much keen on the alliance, its central leadership believed the JD(U)'s presence in the ruling National Democratic Alliance would help it repeat in the 2024 polls its 2019 show when it had won 39 of the state's 40 Lok Sabha seats. 

    A Janata Dal (United) legislator said Kumar told the meeting of the party MPs and MLAs on Tuesday that he had received a call from Delhi, an apparent reference to the BJP, on Monday. But Kumar had told the person that the decision about the alliance will be taken at the gathering of JD(U) members. He did not take any name.

    JD(U) third major ally to snap ties with BJP in last three years

    The JD(U) on Tuesday became the third major ally after the Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal to snap ties with the BJP after 2019. Within 18 months of the BJP's second consecutive Lok Sabha election victory, the party had lost two of its oldest allies - Shiv Sena and Akali Dal.

    And now, with less than two years left for the next general elections, another major ally JD(U), the biggest in terms of lawmakers, moved out of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). JD(U)'s George Fernandes was once the convener of the NDA but the Nitish Kumar-led party snapped ties with the BJP in 2013 after Narendra Modi emerged as the main face of the saffron party.

    JDU-BJP alliance was nefarious: Ashok Gehlot
     
    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said the alliance between the JDU and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar was "nefarious", which was bound to break. Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday resigned from the post of the chief minister of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar.

    Tomorrow will be the 8th time that Nitish Kumar will swear in as the chief minister of Bihar

    - Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar's CM for the first time in 2000. He was the CM for only a week as he couldn't prove his majority.

    - Then in 2005 he was sworn in as the CM for the 2nd time and completed his term.

    - In 2010 he was sworn in as Bihar's CM for the 3rd time.

    - In 2014 he resigned from his position and Jeetan Ram Manjhi was Bihar's CM till February 2015. Nitish Kumar returned as the state's CM in February 2015. He took his oath for the 4th time.

    - In November 2015, Kumar was sworn in as Bihar's CM for the 5th time after 'The Mahagathbandhan' won the assembly elections.

    - In July 2017, Kumar stepped out of Mahagathbandhan and joined hands with NDA. Then he was sworn in as Bihar's CM for the 6th time.

    - In 2020, JD(U) fought Bihar's assembly elections as an NDA ally. And Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar's CM for the 7th time.

    Nitish Kumar spoke with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and expressed gratitude for support: Congress sources to PTI

    #Update: The swearing-in ceremony of chief minister and deputy chief minister will be held tomorrow at 2:00 PM at Raj Bhavan: RJD

    JDU-NDA split: Celebratory tweets by Lalu's daughters, share Bhojpuri video with taunting caption
     
    As Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed ties with ally BJP on a day filled with high drama, two of RJD supremo Lalu Yadav's daughters put out amusing and sarcastic tweets, with one signalling a change of guard in Bihar and another describing the state as synonymous with legendary Chanakya. 
     
    Rohini Acharya even shared a video of a Bhojpuri singer featuring his catchy number 'Lalu Bina Chalu Bihar Na Hoi' in one of her tweets with a caption: "Rajtilak ki karo tayyari, aa rahe hain laltendhari".

    Chief minister Nitish Kumar gave his resignation to state Governor Phagu Chauhan. The Governor accepted his resignation & further requested him to continue as acting CM of the state: Bihar CMO

    JD(U)-RJD led 'Mahagathbandhan' (Grand Alliance) in Bihar to take oath at 4:00 PM, tomorrow

    Nitish Kumar has left and said that BJP was trying to destroy his party...BJP made him a union minister several times. He was also made a CM. Why did he re-think his decision on alliance with RJD in 2015 & came to BJP in 2017?: BJP MP RS Prasad

    Nitish Kumar: Master of the art of changing governments

    Nitish Kumar has again proven that he is a master of the art of changing governments. For some, it was a reversal of happenings in 2017, when he dumped the RJD-led 'Mahagathbandhan' to rejoin the NDA, while for others it was a reversal of happenings in Maharshtra where a Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP government was overthrown to form a BJP-rebel Sena government.

    Said Ranabir Samaddar, well-known political scientist and former professor of Maulana Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Bihar has become the flipside of the Maharashtra coin. The frequent change of platforms -- from secular socialist to aligning with a right wing party to being upholder of Dalit rights -- may have diminished Nitish's standing as the sushasan' (good governance) man, but his political ability to do the impossible has certainly not diminished.

    If he sustains the momentum of what he managed to do now with his new movement, then 2024 general elections in Bihar, where 40 crucial seats will go to polls, will prove to be a real battleground for the BJP, said CPIML(L) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, who also practices psephology.

    Nitish's exit from NDA a shot in the arm for Opposition: DMK

    The ruling DMK on Tuesday said its president M K Stalin's vision to fight the BJP at the national level has gained momentum with Nitish Kumar's JD(U) pulling out of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar.

    To take on the Saffron party at the Centre, DMK organisation secretary R S Bharathi said that his party president M K Stalin, also Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, had batted for opposition parties to join hands, well ahead of the Presidential election held last month. 

    This vision of his party chief to fight the BJP nationally, has now gained momentum and it would pick up more traction ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election, Bharathi said.

    Nitish Kumar claims support of 164 MLAs

    After meeting Governor Phagu Chauhan at the Raj Bhavanon Tuesday evening, following his resignation as the Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar told the media that they have submitted a list of 164 MLAs to governor and staked claim to form a new government.

    “The governor will let us know when the oath-taking can take place,” he added. (PTI)

    Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav Meet Guv, Stake Claim to Form New Govt

    JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav today met Governor Phagu Chauhan and staked a claim to form a new government in Bihar.
    After meeting the Governor, Kumar told the media, “We have the support of seven parties and one Independent. The letter of support signed by all of them was given to Governor Phagu Chauhan. The Governor to decide when can we form the government. Everyone in the party was of the opinion to leave NDA.”

    Akhilesh Yadav welcomes Nitish Kumar breaking ties with BJP

    Developments in Bihar strong indictment of BJP's 'politics of intimidation', say oppn parties

    Opposition parties on Tuesday said the JD(U) breaking ranks with the BJP is a "strong indictment" of the saffron party's "politics of intimidation" and shows a change in Indian politics. Earlier in the day, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Governor Phagu Chauhan and tendered his resignation. This came after the decision to quit the BJP-led NDA was taken at a meeting of JD(U) MPs and MLAs at Kumar's residence.
    "#NitishKumar breaking alliance with BJP is a strong indictment of the politics of intimidation practiced by BJP. "BJP's authoritarianism leaves no scope for cooperation. After Akalis & Shiv Sena, JD(U) is latest example. Cracks are visible in the relationship of BJP & AIADMK too," Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary D Raja said in a tweet.
    Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien said the situation in Bihar is one of the reasons behind the Parliament session being cut short by the government.
    "Bihar politics. Another big reason why PM @narendramodi and @AmitShah ran away and SHUT DOWN #ParliamentMonsoonSession FOUR DAYS EARLY," O'Brien tweeted. The monsoon session of Parliament ended four days ahead of schedule on Monday. (PTI)

    VIEW: Nitish Kumar, the master of tightrope walk

    Over the years, Kumar has positioned himself as the fulcrum around which sections of the extremely backward castes converge electorally. Left to themselves, the RJD and the BJP are both more powerful than Nitish Kumar’s JD (U). However, as recent years have shown, neither is perhaps capable of winning a state assembly election in Bihar on its own. Click here to read this opinion piece

    Nitish Kumar has reached Rajbhavan

    Leaders of Mahagathbandhan (Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav) have reached Rajbhavan. It is expected that they will stake claim to form a government. 

    Watch | BJP leaders head to Patna

    Betrayal of Bihar's People & BJP, Says BJP

    “We fought the 2020 polls together under NDA, the mandate was for JD-U and BJP. We won more seats despite that Nitish Kumar was made the Chief Minister. Whatever happened today is a betrayal of Bihar’s people and the BJP,” said Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal addressing a presser after Nitish Kumar walked out of NDA.

    Nitish Kumar elected leader of 'Mahagathbandhan', say reports

    Nitish Kumar has been elected as the leader of 'Mahagathbandhan' as a prelude to staking claim to form a new government in Bihar, PTI has reported quoting sources. 

    Jitan Ram Manjhi extends support to Nitish Kumar

    Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha has extended unconditional support to Nitish Kumar and the Mahagathbandhan (ANI)

    Chirag Paswan asks for President's rule in Bihar

    Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan has demanded the imposition of the President's rule in Bihar, amid the evolving political situation in the state. He has accused Nitish Kumar of insulting people's mandate for the second time. (PTI)

    Nitish Kumar Meets Rabri Devi

    Nitish Kumar has gone to the residence of RJD leader Rabri Devi. Mahagathbandhan 2.0 seems to be under discussion. 

    CNN-News18's Marya Shakil brings us LIVE ground report

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