Patna, November 13
A joint meeting of the NDA legislature party will be held here on Sunday where Nitish Kumar will be elected as its leader, it was decided on Friday.
The decision was taken at an “informal” meeting of leaders of the four NDA constituents in Bihar — the JD(U), BJP, HAM and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) — at the residence of Kumar.
“The meeting will start at 12.30 pm on Sunday, where all further decisions will be taken,” CM-elect Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), told mediapersons later.
He also said the current state cabinet would hold its last meeting in the evening where a decision on the dissolution of the Assembly, the tenure of which expires on November 29, will be taken.
“These formalities have to be completed before the formation of a new government. The cabinet’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Governor whose approval will be followed by other steps leading to the formation of a new government,” Kumar added.
Despite the BJP emerging as the largest party in the ruling alliance with 74 seats, 31 more than the JD(U), the top leadership of the saffron party, including PM Narendra Modi, has emphatically endorsed Kumar as the next CM.
He was declared the ruling coalition’s chief ministerial candidate much before the election process had started.
Though Kumar did not divulge more on what transpired during the meeting at his residence, sources said the issues discussed included the representation of each constituent in the cabinet and election of the new Assembly Speaker.
Nitish meets Guv, tenders resignation
Patna: Decks were cleared on Friday for the formation of a new government in Bihar with Nitish Kumar, who is set to return as the Chief Minister, handing over to Governor Phagu Chauhan the resignation of his ministry and the recommendation to dissolve the state Assembly, officials said. The governor accepted the resignation and asked Kumar to continue as the caretaker CM till the new NDA government is sworn in.
Speculation is rife that the BJP might push for an EBC or a Dalit as a Deputy CM though it is not clear whether the insistence will be on replacing veteran leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who has been holding the post for the most part since 2005, or replicating the experiment in adjoining Uttar Pradesh where two leaders occupy the post. One of the names doing the rounds for the Deputy CM’s post is that of Kameshwar Chaupal, a Dalit with deep roots in the Sangh who was famously chosen for laying the foundation stone at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya in the 1990s. — PTI