The Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 got more crowded with Nitish Kumar of the JD(S) stating that his party would contest around 25 to 30 seats. The move comes in the wake of the party trying to increase its presence beyond Bihar.
Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar is likely to become the NDA convenor. The JD(U) is also likely to get two berths in the Cabinet reshuffle that is round the corner.
After allying with the BJP in Bihar, Nitish Kumar has been invited to join the NDA. “I met JD(U) president Nitish Kumar at my residence yesterday. I invited JD(U) to join the NDA,” Mr Shah said in a tweet today.
The rift in the JD(U) seems evident now. On Tuesday during the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat, JD(U) spokesperson said that the lone MLA had voted for the BJP. However the MLA himself did not make it clear and said he had voted for the nation. Sharad Yadav who has been sulking ever since Nitish Kumar dumped the RJD and allied with the BJP decided to congratulate Ahmed Patel. The Congress’ Ahmed Patel won after a late night drama on Tuesday thanks to the Election Commission of India invalidating two votes.
The BJP leaders are coming and they will have dinner with us, Nitish Kumar said upon his return from the Governor’s residence. Nitish ahd returned to 1-Anne Marg after tendering his resignation and at that time, there was no formal talk of an alliance with the BJP. Back at home, Nitish watched Lalu Prasad Yadav speak on television. It was at that time that Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a congratulatory message to which Nitish Kumar responded promptly.
Nitish Kumar who was sworn as Bihar Chief Minister for the 6th time will face a crucial trust vote in the legislative assembly today. The JD(U) and the BJP claim to have the support of 132 legislators.
The Grand Alliance has broken in Bihar. Nitish Kumar resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar. The BJP is likely to give outside support to the JD(U). For a government to be formed in Bihar, the magic number is 122.
Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar at 10 am today. Kumar who resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar will be sworn in with Sushil Modi as his deputy.
Nitish Kumar has resigned several times in the past. He has however always made a come back following a resignation. In 1999 he resigned as railway minister following the Gaisal train accident. In 2005 he resigned as the Bihar CM when he failed to muster support for a majority. In 2014, he resigned as the Bihar CM after the JD(U) lost badly in the Lok Sabha elections. On Wednesday, he resigned as the Bihar CM.
The writing was clear on the wall and Nitish Kumar who entered into an alliance with the RJD in Bihar walked out of it on Wednesday. The hopes of the opposition in India too come crashing down with this development.