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Bihar politics highlights: Nitish Kumar forms alliance with BJP; takes oath as Bihar CM along with 8 leaders

Bihar politics Highlights: JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for the record 9th time. BJP's Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Sinha also took oath and are expected to join government as deputy chief ministers. Catch LIVE updates here 

Bihar politics LIVE: JD(U) supremo takes oath as Bihar CM for record ninth-time (ANI)Premium
Bihar politics LIVE: JD(U) supremo takes oath as Bihar CM for record ninth-time (ANI)

Bihar politics Highlights: JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for the record 9th time on Sunday at Raj Bhawan in Patna. With Nitish Kumar, 8 other ministers took oath as the ministers of Bihar government including BJP leaders Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Sinha, who are going to be deputy chief ministers in the government. 

Nitish Kumar has submitted his resignation and severed ties with Mahagathbandhan in Bihar today i.e. on 28 January. CM and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar exit the 28-party Opposition bloc formed to take on the BJP-led Central government. Earlier, Bhartiya Janata Party also held a meeting with its MLAs and MPs in Patna today to chalk out the strategy over the latest political situation in the state. The ruling JD(U)-RJD-Congress coalition in Bihar collapsed as Kumar crossed over to the NDA again, the alliance he parted his ways in 2022 to form the 'mahagathbandhan'.

JD(U) on Sunday blamed Congress for stealing the leadership of Opposition INDIA bloc. The senior leader of the party KC Tyagi said that the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was made to announce Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge as the prime ministerial face of the Opposition alliance. 

"Congress wanted to steal the leadership of the INDIA alliance. In the meeting that took place on December 19, through a conspiracy, to get the leadership of INDIA alliance, Mallikarjun Kharge's name was proposed (as PM face)…earlier, in the meeting that took place in Mumbai, it was unanimously decided that without any PM face, INDIA alliance will work," Tyagi said.

Bihar politics LIVE: Key highlights of today

1. Earlier in the day, JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar submitted his resignation to Bihar Governor Rajendra Arlekar as he ended his alliance with the RJD in the state

2. The move came amid a rift in the Opposition INDIA bloc over the seat-sharing arrangements

3. Nitish Kumar was also concerned about his party's future as it was reported that several senior leaders openly called for going back to the NDA

4. Nitish Kumar will take the oath as Bihar Chief Minister for record 9th time at 5:00 PM today in Patna

5. Two senior BJP leaders are expected to take oath as the deputy chief ministers to the state.

6. Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM with two deputy chief ministers Samrat Choudhary, Vijay Sinha.  

Follow this blog for more LIVE updates on Bihar politics

28 Jan 2024, 02:07:49 PM IST

Bihar politics LIVE: 'Will attend the oath ceremony today as NDA ally,' says Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan

On JD(U) joining NDA and Nitish Kumar set to take oath as Bihar CM again, Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan said, "...I will attend the oath ceremony today as an NDA ally. It is a matter of joy that NDA is coming to power in Bihar...We too have a vision of 'Bihar First, Bihari First'. I have said earlier too that I have had policy-based differences with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and I still have those differences. If the work continues as per his policies, the differences will probably continue in the time to come. I have always believed that his policies have not facilitated development in Bihar..."

28 Jan 2024, 02:01:38 PM IST

Bihar politics LIVE: Nitish ‘opportunist’: Jharkhand RJD on JD(U) chief dumping 'Mahagathbandhan'

The Jharkhand unit of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Sunday labelled JD(U) president Nitish Kumar an “opportunist" after he dumped the 'Mahagathbandhan' in Bihar, and asserted that people in the neighbouring state will give a befitting reply in the assembly elections.

Kumar resigned as Bihar chief minister earlier in the day, saying "things were not working well" for him in the 'Mahagathbandhan' he had joined less than 18 months ago and in the opposition bloc INDIA.

"There is a limit to switching sides, but Nitish Kumar has crossed all such limits. However, it is good for the RJD. People are now aware of his character," Jharkhand RJD spokesperson and general secretary Manoj Yadav told PTI. (PTI)

28 Jan 2024, 01:49:14 PM IST

Bihar politics LIVE: Swearing-in at 5 pm today, Nitish to take oath as CM along with deputies Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Sinha

Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar left the Governor's House along with MLAs after resigning as Bihar chief minister on Sunday. Bringing closure to the fast-unravelling political events earlier in the day, Nitish handed his resignation letter to Governor Rajendra Arlekar along with letters of support from the BJP legislators. Accepting his resignation letter, the Governor requested him to discharge his administrative duties as the caretaker chief minister till the new government takes shape. It is understood that Nitish will take oath as the CM for the ninth time along with two deputy chief ministers from the BJP at the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday. The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to be held at 5 in the evening. The BJP and the JD(U) are keen to avoid a power vacuum in a state notorious for its political realignments.

28 Jan 2024, 01:47:38 PM IST

Bihar politics LIVE: ‘Nitish ‘opportunist’’: Jharkhand RJD on JD(U) chief dumping 'Mahagathbandhan'

The Jharkhand unit of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Sunday labelled JD(U) president Nitish Kumar an “opportunist" after he dumped the 'Mahagathbandhan' in Bihar, and asserted that people in the neighbouring state will give a befitting reply in the assembly elections.

"There is a limit to switching sides, but Nitish Kumar has crossed all such limits. However, it is good for the RJD. People are now aware of his character," Jharkhand RJD spokesperson and general secretary Manoj Yadav told PTI.

"In the upcoming assembly elections, the RJD will win with a majority, as the Janata Dal (United) and BJP have lost their credibility in Bihar," he claimed.

28 Jan 2024, 01:41:25 PM IST

Bihar politics LIVE: ‘Have faced such challenges several times…’ Says Congress leader 

On Nitish Kumar and JD(U) joining NDA, Congress leader Tariq Anwar said, "We have faced such challenges several times. The Opposition is strong here. RJD, Congress and Left will face this challenge together and I think people of Bihar won't forgive Nitish Kumar this time. People of Bihar are being toyed with. They are being mocked. Bihar's image has suffered a blow..."

28 Jan 2024, 01:33:51 PM IST

Swearing-in at 5 pm today, Nitish to take oath as CM along with deputies Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Sinha

Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar left the Governor's House along with MLAs after resigning as Bihar chief minister on Sunday.

Bringing closure to the fast-unravelling political events earlier in the day, Nitish handed his resignation letter to Governor Rajendra Arlekar along with letters of support from the BJP legislators.

Accepting his resignation letter, the Governor requested him to discharge his administrative duties as the caretaker chief minister till the new government takes shape.

28 Jan 2024, 01:33:14 PM IST

Swearing-in at 5 pm today, Nitish to take oath as CM along with deputies Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Sinha

Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar left the Governor's House along with MLAs after resigning as Bihar chief minister on Sunday.

Bringing closure to the fast-unravelling political events earlier in the day, Nitish handed his resignation letter to Governor Rajendra Arlekar along with letters of support from the BJP legislators.

Accepting his resignation letter, the Governor requested him to discharge his administrative duties as the caretaker chief minister till the new government takes shape.

28 Jan 2024, 01:32:37 PM IST

Nitish Kumar's first reaction after resigning as Bihar CM: 'I left INDIA alliance...'

Bihar Politics: “I was hurt. I left the INDIA Alliance," said Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar after resigning as the Bihar chief minister and severing ties with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ to break away from the ruling government as “not everything was alright".

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28 Jan 2024, 01:30:03 PM IST

Cong lashes out at Nitish Kumar after he quits as Bihar CM, walks out of Mahagathbandhan

The Congress on Sunday compared Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to a "chameleon", and said the people of the state will never forgive him for his "betrayal".

The party was reacting to Kumar's decision to resign as Bihar chief minister and leaving the Mahagathbandhan alliance in the state and also dealing a body blow to the opposition bloc INDIA.

28 Jan 2024, 01:26:32 PM IST

People will teach Nitish a lesson: Jharkhand Congress

Attacking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for dumping the Mahagathbandhan, Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur said people would teach him a lesson in the future.

Speaking to PTI, Thakur claimed that Kumar has established himself as an "opportunist" by frequently changing sides.

"There is an adage in Hindi that 'jidhar dekha kheer, wahan gaye fir' (take turn wherever there is an opportunity), and it fits Nitish Kumar well," he said.

28 Jan 2024, 01:14:59 PM IST

Bihar Politics: Samrat Choudhary elected leader of BJP legislative party, Vijay Sinha deputy leader

Samrat Choudhary was on Sunday elected the leader of the BJP legislative party in Bihar, while Vijay Kumar Sinha was elected its deputy leader.

With these elevations, Choudhary, the state BJP president, and Sinha are likely to be made the deputy CMs in the new NDA government that will be formed in the state.

"In the legislative party meeting held today, BJP MLAs approved the proposal to form an NDA government in the state with JD(U)'s support. State BJP president Samrat Chaudhary was elected leader of the legislative party and Vijay Sinha was elected deputy leader," the BJP's in-charge of Bihar Vinod Tawde said after JD(U) president Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister.

28 Jan 2024, 01:14:18 PM IST

Nitish Kumar stakes claim to form new govt in Bihar with BJP's support

Nitish Kumar stakes claim to form new government in Bihar with BJP's support: officials.

28 Jan 2024, 01:09:35 PM IST

‘Proposal passed to form government with JDU in Bihar’: BJP after Nitish Kumar's resignation

After handing over the resignation as Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar is likely to form a government with NDA in Bihar.

Vinod Tawde, party in charge in Bihar said that a proposal was passed in the meeting today in which we decided to form a government with JDU.

"We all were listening to PM Modi's Mann ki Baat and after that the legislature party meeting took place. In that meeting, all the MLAs passed this proposal in which the government of BJP, JDU, and other parties of NDA should be formed in Bihar. Samrat Choudhary was selected as the leader of the legislative assembly party. From here all the MLAs will go to a joint meeting with JDU and later will meet the Governor," Tawde said.

28 Jan 2024, 01:02:38 PM IST

After Nitish Kumar resigns as CM, BJP hints at NDA govt formation in Bihar

Following Nitish Kumar's resignation from the post of Chief Minister, bringing an end to the 'Mahagathbandhan' rule in Bihar, Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will not allow Jungle Raj to return, indicating the formation of Nationalist Democratic Alliance-led government in the state.

The senior BJP leader thanked Nitish Kumar for severing ties with Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal.

28 Jan 2024, 01:02:01 PM IST

After Nitish Kumar resigns as CM, BJP hints at NDA govt formation in Bihar

Following Nitish Kumar's resignation from the post of Chief Minister, bringing an end to the 'Mahagathbandhan' rule in Bihar, Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will not allow Jungle Raj to return, indicating the formation of Nationalist Democratic Alliance-led government in the state.

The senior BJP leader thanked Nitish Kumar for severing ties with Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal.

28 Jan 2024, 12:55:11 PM IST

Nitish calling off 'Mahagathbandhan' alliance and returning to NDA-fold was expected: JharKhand BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party here on Sunday termed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation claiming "things were not working well" for him in the 'Mahagathbandhan' as expected as the JD (U) president and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad were poles apart.

"Political turn of events in Bihar was expected ...What I wonder is how a seasoned and honest politician like Nitish Kumar could continue so long with them (Mahagathbandhan)," Jharkhand BJP chief and former state chief minister Babulal Marandi told PTI.

28 Jan 2024, 12:50:47 PM IST

'We welcome Nitish Kumar's decision': BJP MP and former Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi

BJP MP and former Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi says, "We welcome Nitish Kumar's decision. We knew that the RJD-JDU alliance was unnatural and would not last long. We are happy and now JDU And BJP will together form the government. I hope that the new government will be formed in the next 2-3 hours..."

28 Jan 2024, 12:49:05 PM IST

Nitish Kumar to be sworn-in as Bihar CM for the ninth time, oath at 5pm: Reports

Nitish Kumar is meeting the Governor to stake a claim to form the government. As per various media reports, the oath-taking is likely to be held at 5 pm today.

28 Jan 2024, 12:24:52 PM IST

Bihar political crisis: Will Bihar have two deputy CMs?

"Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha have been elected as leader and deputy leader of the legislative party, respectively. Most certainly, they will be our face for the deputy CM position," says BJP leader and former Bihar Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad, PTI reported.

28 Jan 2024, 12:20:35 PM IST

What Nitish Kumar said after resigning as CM: ‘Things were not working out well’

"I have submitted my resignation as Bihar CM today. I have also asked the Governor to dissolve the government. Things were not working out well," says Nitish Kumar after resigning as Bihar CM.

28 Jan 2024, 12:19:12 PM IST

‘I thank everyone for electing me as the leader of the legislative party’: Samrat Choudhary

"I thank everyone, including PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other party leaders, for electing me as the leader of the legislative party," says Bihar BJP president  at a press conference in Patna following Nitish Kumar's resignation as Bihar CM.

28 Jan 2024, 12:11:05 PM IST

BJP chief JP Nadda to leave for Patna in afternoon; oath likely today

BJP chief JP Nadda to leave for Patna from Delhi this afternoon. He will return to Delhi later in the night. Oath ceremony likely to take place at 4 pm today, sources told News18.

28 Jan 2024, 12:10:18 PM IST

BJP chief JP Nadda to leave for Patna in afternoon; oath likely today

BJP chief JP Nadda to leave for Patna from Delhi this afternoon. He will return to Delhi later in the night. Oath ceremony likely to take place at 4 pm today, sources told News18. 

28 Jan 2024, 12:06:54 PM IST

Bihar MLAs unanimously passed proposal to form NDA government in Bihar with BJP, JD(U) and others

Bihar MLAs unanimously passed the proposal to form the NDA government in the state with BJP, JD(U) and other allies. Samrat Choudhary made BJP legislature party leader and Vihat Kumar Sinha made deputy leader.

28 Jan 2024, 12:00:28 PM IST

‘Expected Nitish Kumar would fight BJP at very end’: Congress' Jairam Ramesh

Moments before Nitish Kumar handed over his resignation to the Governor, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday that parties in the INDIA bloc had expected that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would fight the BJP and its ideology till the very end.

His reaction came just moments before Nitish Kumar announced his exit from the Mahagathbandhan creating a path for him to a possible return to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

"I don't want to comment on the current political development in Bihar. I don't know what will happen there," Jairam Ramesh told ANI when asked about the possible return of Nitish Kumar to NDA.

He however said that Nitish Kumar played an important role in the INDIA alliance.

"Nitish Kumar called the first meeting of opposition parties in Patna on 18th June 2023. The second meeting was held in Bengaluru on 17th-18th July 2023. Then again on 31st August-1st September in Mumbai. Nitish Kumar played a prominent role in all three meetings," Jairam Ramesh said.

"So we expected that Nitish Kumar would fight the BJP and its ideology till the very end. In the coming two to three days, I don't know what will happen," he added.

28 Jan 2024, 11:58:35 AM IST

‘Expected Nitish Kumar would fight BJP at very end’: Congress' Jairam Ramesh

Moments before Nitish Kumar handed over his resignation to the Governor, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday that parties in the INDIA bloc had expected that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would fight the BJP and its ideology till the very end.

His reaction came just moments before Nitish Kumar announced his exit from the Mahagathbandhan creating a path for him to a possible return to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

"I don't want to comment on the current political development in Bihar. I don't know what will happen there," Jairam Ramesh told ANI when asked about the possible return of Nitish Kumar to NDA.

He however said that Nitish Kumar played an important role in the INDIA alliance.

"Nitish Kumar called the first meeting of opposition parties in Patna on 18th June 2023. The second meeting was held in Bengaluru on 17th-18th July 2023. Then again on 31st August-1st September in Mumbai. Nitish Kumar played a prominent role in all three meetings," Jairam Ramesh said.

"So we expected that Nitish Kumar would fight the BJP and its ideology till the very end. In the coming two to three days, I don't know what will happen," he added.

28 Jan 2024, 11:57:17 AM IST

BJP to submit its 'Letter of Support' to JDU and Nitish Kumar by 12 pm, oath-taking ceremony likely at 4 pm: Report

Sources told News18 that BJP is set to submit its 'Letter of Support' to JDU and Nitish Kumar by 12 pm while the  the oath-taking ceremony is likely to take place at 4 pm.

28 Jan 2024, 11:55:05 AM IST

Watch | JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha arrives at the BJP office in Patna

JD(U) president Nitish Kumar resigned as the CM of the state and told the Governor to dissolve the government.

28 Jan 2024, 11:43:29 AM IST

‘Knew it would happen:’ Mallikarjun Kharge says as Nitish Kumar exits from Mahagathbandhan

After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from the CM's post today, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said that he knew it would happen, adding "There are many people in the country like 'Aaya Ram-Gaya Ram'.

"Earlier he and us were fighting together. When I talked to Lalu Ji and Tejashwi, they also said that Nitish is going. If he wanted to stay, he would have stayed but he wants to go. That's why we already knew this, but to keep the India Alliance intact, if we say something wrong, the wrong message will be sent. This information was already given to us by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav. Today that came true. There are many people in the country like 'Aaya Ram-Gaya Ram'," Kharge said.

28 Jan 2024, 11:41:20 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: ‘Situation came because everything was not alright’, says Nitish Kumar

Bihar outgoing CM and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar says, "Today, I have resigned as the Chief Minister and I have also told the Governor to dissolve the government in the state. This situation came because not everything was alright...I was getting views from everyone. I listened to all of them. Today, the Government has been dissolved..."

28 Jan 2024, 11:35:26 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: ‘BJP was conspiring for power,’ RJD leader Shakti Singh Yadav alleges

Amid mega political twist in Bihar, RJD Spokesperson Shakti Singh Yadav claimed that the Bhartiya Janata Party was already plotting to seize control in the state and eyeing power.

Over the rift in the Mahagathbandhan, RJD leader Shakti Singh Yadav said "for an alliance to work, everyone needs to agree, and it can't be driven solely by one person's wishes".

He further claimed that the BJP was already eyeing power in the state, which is one of the major reasons for the political turbulence in the state.

"In line with its traits, the BJP started taking interest in Bihar politics. It was drooling for power in the state and started conspiring for it", he said.

"When the resignation (of Nitish Kumar) will take place, things will come out in the open," he added.

"We are the biggest party in Bihar. We are alert and are tracking the developments closely. We are seized of the shifting political sands in Bihar. We will not take a step back when it comes to discharging our responsibilities. We cannot leave Bihar in the hands of 'Jungle Raj'. If this government is to fall, I pray to the almighty that it happens today," the BJP national spokesperson said.

28 Jan 2024, 11:25:28 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: ‘I have resigned as CM’ says Nitish Kumar

"Today, I have resigned as the Chief Minister and I have also told the Governor to dissolve the government in the state," says JD(U) president Nitish Kumar.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar submitted his resignation to Governor Rajendra V Arlekar on Sunday morning, officials said.

The governor accepted Kumar's resignation, and asked him to continue as caretaker CM till a new government is formed, they said.

Kumar was accompanied by senior minister Bijendra Yadav of the JD(U) when he went to the Raj Bhavan.

Kumar submitted his resignation after chairing a meeting with party MLAs at his official residence.

A new government with the support of the BJP is likely to be in place by the evening, according to sources.

28 Jan 2024, 11:24:13 AM IST

Bihar governor asks Nitish Kumar to continue as caretaker CM till new government is formed

Bihar governor accepts Nitish Kumar's resignation, asks him to continue as caretaker CM till new government is formed

28 Jan 2024, 11:13:58 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar submits resignation to Governor Rajendra V Arlekar

Bihar CM and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar meets Governor at Raj Bhavan; tells him - We have decided to sever ties with the mahagathbandhan in the state.

28 Jan 2024, 11:06:04 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: Bihar CM and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar arrives at Raj Bhavan; to tender resignation shortly

Bihar CM and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar arrived at Raj Bhavan and will tender his resignation shortly

28 Jan 2024, 11:04:37 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: Bihar CM, JD(U) president Nitish Kumar arrives at Raj Bhavan, to tender resignation shortly

Bihar CM, JD(U) president Nitish Kumar has arrived at Raj Bhavan and will shortly tender his resignation shortly

28 Jan 2024, 10:57:51 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: Bouquets being brought to the Raj Bhavan in Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to resign after chairing a meeting of JD(U) MLAs at his official residence on Sunday, party sources said.

Kumar is expected to address the meeting after 10.30 am, they said.

28 Jan 2024, 10:55:53 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: BJP legislative party meeting in Patna concludes

BJP legislative party meeting in Patna concludes. The meeting was also attended by Union Minister and BJP MP Nityanand Rai, BJP National General Secretary Vinod Tawde, MP Ravi Shankar Prasad. On being asked about the ongoing political turmoil in the state, BJP's Ram Narayan Mandal refrained from commenting. "I will not say anything on this," he said, adding "But the thing is that this meeting is being held on the expansion of the organisation."

28 Jan 2024, 10:46:28 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: JD(U) leaders authorise CM and party president Nitish Kumar to take any decision.

At the meeting of the party leaders in Patna, all JD(U) leaders authorised CM and party president Nitish Kumar to take any decision, news agecny ANI has reported

28 Jan 2024, 10:44:40 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: Heavy security deployed outside Raj Bhavan in Patna | Watch

Heavy security deployed outside the Bihar Raj Bhavan in Patna. A meeting of JD(U) is underway at CM Nitish Kumar's residence. Meanwhile BJP legislative party meeting is underway at the state party office.

28 Jan 2024, 10:39:19 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: 'No personal agenda… development of 13 cr people is Nitish Kumar's sole agenda' JD(U) MLC

Speaking on the ongoing political crisis in Bihar, JD(U) MLC Khalid Anwar said, "We have always been committed towards development and improvement of Bihar. For the growth of the state, which was very behind in terms of development in 2005, sometimes certain decisions have to be made. There's no personal agenda of Nitish Kumar while making these decisions. The development of 13 crore people of Bihar is his sole agenda. The people and all JD(U) leaders are with Nitish Kumar in whatever decision he will make for the state's development."

28 Jan 2024, 10:30:58 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: ‘Nitish Kumar played prominent role in all three INDIA meetings’  Jairam Ramesh

On the current political situation in Bihar, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said, "... Nitish Kumar called the first meeting of 18 opposition parties in Patna on 23rd June 2023. The second meeting was held in Bengaluru on 17th-18th July 2023. Then again on 31st August-1st September in Mumbai. Nitish Kumar played a prominent role in all three meetings, so we were considering Nitish Kumar to fight the BJP and its ideology till the very end..."

28 Jan 2024, 10:28:46 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: 'All parties will fight...' Jairam Ramesh says INDIA alliance is ‘strong’ as Nitish Kumar set to join BJP

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh says, "INDIA alliance is strong. There are a few speed breakers here and there. But we will unitedly fight against the BJP... All parties- DMK, NCP, TMC, and SP will fight together."

28 Jan 2024, 10:22:58 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: Meeting of Bihar BJP MLAs, leaders underway at party office

28 Jan 2024, 10:20:07 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: 'Can't leave Bihar in hands of Jungle Raj': BJP leader Ajay Alok 

Amid hectic political developments in Bihar and frenzied speculations around Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's return to the NDA, BJP national spokesperson Ajay Alok on Sunday said his party was on 'alert' and closely tracking the events in the state.

"We are the biggest party in Bihar. We are alert and are tracking the developments closely. We are seized of the shifting political sands in Bihar. We will not take a step back when it comes to discharging our responsibilities. We cannot leave Bihar in the hands of 'Jungle Raj'. If this government is to fall, I pray to the Almighty that it happens today," the BJP national spokesperson said while speaking to ANI.

28 Jan 2024, 10:19:06 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: Bihar CM to address JD(U) MLAs, may resign after that

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to resign after chairing a meeting of JD(U) MLAs at his official residence on Sunday, party sources told news agency PTI. Kumar is expected to address the meeting after 10.30 am, they said. Following the meeting, he is likely to visit the Raj Bhavan and submit his resignation letter to Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar. He will then stake claim to form a new government with the BJP's support, they added.

28 Jan 2024, 10:08:51 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: ‘Political turmoil inevitable in Mahagathbandhan’ says Union Minister Giriraj Singh

Amid the current political situation in Bihar, Union Minister Giriraj Singh told reporters that, "Political turmoil is inevitable in the Mahagathbandhan. Even we are closely monitoring what's going on in the media. Today, our National president will be visiting. When a political activity takes place, it is only natural to have good and bad implications for society and political parties. BJP is a strong party in Bihar. We had a meeting with our MLAs yesterday, and we will have one today also... BJP is not a mute spectator but is seriously monitoring the situation. When the situation becomes clear, BJP will take a decision on the leadership..."

28 Jan 2024, 10:07:09 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives at the state party office in Patna

BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives at the state party office in Patna for a meeting, amid political developments in the state

28 Jan 2024, 10:02:39 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: ‘Achhe Din will soon come for people of Bihar’ says BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain amid political crisis in Bihar

"Achhe Din will soon come for the people of Bihar," says BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain as he arrived at party office in Patna amid the political turmoil in Bihar.

28 Jan 2024, 09:58:41 AM IST

Bihar Politics LIVE: ‘We will stand by him...’ JDU MP Leshi Singh

On the current political situation in Bihar, JDU MP Leshi Singh told reporters that, "Meetings keep happening. Whatever will be decided in today's meeting by our leader, CM Nitish Kumar, in favour of the party and the state, we will stand by him..."

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