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New Nitish Kumar government: Months of sulking, 6 h for change

While Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)] head Nitish Kumar might have been sulking for months on end about Union Minister Amit Shah trying to engineer a split in his party by using the services of RCP Singh, today he ended his coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), concluding the formal process for it in a mere 6 h. This brings an end to the coalition government in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar went back to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which he had left during his previous term midway in the name of fighting "corruption", to form the next government in the state, showing neither his allegation that Narendra Modi was communal nor his accusation that Lalu Prasad Yadav was corrupt is to be taken seriously. All that matters is that he should be the chief minister of Bihar across coalition governments!

Parting ways with the BJP on more occasions than one unlike Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, Nitish Kumar staked claims to form the next government in Bihar with the support of seven parties, including the RJD. "I came here to meet Governor and gave my resignation. There are 7 parties including 164 MLAs along with Independents in Mahagathbandahan," Nitish Kumar said.

Around 11:15 AM, the MLAs of the opposition RJD, the single-largest party in the state assembly, hold a parallel meeting.

At around 1 PM, the -led grand alliance or mahagathbandhan, comprising communist parties and the INC, met at the residence of Rabri Devi, former Bihar chief minister. 

During the meeting, MLAs signed a letter of support for Nitish Kumar.

JD(U) hailed Nitish Kumar, its de facto leader, for assuming the "leadership of a new coalition", Left iterates its support for him in an alliance sans the BJP.

At 4 PM, Nitish Kumar met Governor Phagu Chauhan to tender his resignation as Bihar CM. After resigning from the government, Nitish Kumar said he has quit as “NDA’s chief minister".

At 4:45 PM, Nitish Kumar reached Rabri Devi's residence where a meeting of Opposition leaders had taken place.

At 5:20 PM, Nitish Kumar returned to Raj Bhavan with the Leader of the Opposition and his former deputy Tejashwi Yadav, armed with a letter of support for the JD(U) and other parties.

Nitish Kumar staked a claim to form the new government in Bihar for the eighth time.

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