Nitish Takes Oath as Bihar CM; Tejaswi Yadav to Become Deputy CM
The Quint’s live updates as the Nitish Kumar-led government takes oath at Gandhi Maidan, Patna
Gandhi Maidan Witnesses a Grand Show
At around 1 pm, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and family arrived at Gandhi Maidan in Patna for the swearing in ceremony of the new Bihar government. As Nitish Kumar took oath for the fifth time as Chief Minister, Lalu’s younger son, 26-year-old Tejaswi Yadav was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister. Lalu’s elder son, Tej Pratap Yadav was sworn in after is brother. He was followed by Lalu’s close aid, Abdul Bari Siddiqui.
Sources say Vijay Chowdhary, who is Nitish’s close aid, is likely to be made speaker of the Bihar Vidhan Sabha.
Seen on the stage at Gandhi Maidan were senior BJP leaders, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and Nitish’s close friend, Sushil Kumar Modi.
Praise, support and applause poured in for Nitish Kumar. The swearing in ceremony was a show of strength not just for the Nitish-led Grand Alliance, but also for the entire anti-Modi front. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Former Delhi Cheif Minister Sheila Dixit, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja along with Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Sharad Pawar were present on stage.
Highly placed sources in the RJD confirm to The Quint that Abdul Bari Siddiqui to be made the Finance Minister.
Rahul Gandhi Misses Ceremony Due to Air Traffic
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi missed Nitish Kumar’s swearing-in ceremony because his flight got delayed.
Biggest Anti-Modi Congregation at Gandhi Maidan
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja along with Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Sharad Pawar present on stage to show support for the anti-Modi front in Bihar.
Tej Pratap Yadav, Abdul Bari Siddiqui Take Oath
Lalu Prasad Yadav’s elder son, Tej Pratap Yadav also sworn in to Nitish’s cabinet. Sources told The Quint, he is likely to be given the health portfolio. Tej Pratap fumbled while taking oath of office.
Abdul Bari Siddiqui, close aide of Lalu Prasad Yadav also takes oath into Nitish’s cabinet. Reports suggest he enjoys good relations with Nitish Kumar and could be given the all important finance portfolio.
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