Governor Fagu Chauhan on Friday approved the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Council of Ministers and asked him to continue in office (acting Chief Minister) till the formation of the next Council of Ministers. This information has been provided by the statement of the Governor’s Secretariat.
Governor dissolved the assembly
According to the statement of the Raj Bhavan Secretariat, the Governor has disintegrated the Legislative Assembly today after exercising his powers conferred on the Constitution of India on the recommendation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after the decision of the Council of Bihar Ministers.
Nitish Kumar will be chosen as the leader of the alliance
However, a joint meeting of the National Democratic Alliance Legislature Party will be held on Sunday where Nitish Kumar will be elected the leader of the alliance. This decision was taken at an informal meeting of four NDA constituents BJP, JDU, Ham, VIP.
During this, CM Nitish thanked all the ministers for their contribution. He said that all our ministers have done a good job and their works will be remembered.
Discussion on the issue of new assembly speaker: sources
Nitish Kumar did not say what was decided in the meeting at his residence. However, informed sources say that the representation of each constituent in the new cabinet and the issue of the new assembly speaker were discussed.
Meanwhile, there is speculation that a name may be extended from BJP to the most backward class for the post of Deputy Chief Minister, but it is not clear who will be appointed as Deputy Chief Minister in place of senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi or from Uttar Pradesh. In a way, the use of two Deputy Chief Ministers can be repeated.
The name of Kameshwar Chaupal, an RSS leader associated with BJP for the post of Deputy Chief Minister, is in the discussion. Chaupal hails from the Dalit community and has been known for laying the foundation stone at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya in 1990.
Nitish Kumar may take oath on Monday
Nitish Kumar is likely to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister for a fourth term next week, but the date of swearing in has not been finalized yet. There is speculation in political circles that he will take oath on Monday.
The ‘Bhaiya Dooj’ festival will be celebrated on the same day, which is considered an auspicious day. A close aide of Nitish said that he could take oath of Bihar’s chief minister for a fourth term next week, but the date has not been finalized yet.
Nitish Kumar will have to submit his resignation to the Governor before being sworn in again. The NDA’s newly elected MLAs are yet to meet formally and the NDA has not formally declared them their leaders.
However, top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi have supported Nitish as Chief Minister. Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer HR Srinivas went to Raj Bhavan on Thursday and submitted the list of winning candidates in the assembly elections to the Governor.