Nitish Kumar To Take Oath As Bihar Chief Minister Today: 10 Updates

PATNA:  Nitish Kumar quit as the Chief Minister of Bihar in a shock move this evening, ending the Grand Alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress, formed three years ago to keep the BJP out of power in Bihar. Sources said he would take oath tomorrow, forming a new government with the support of the BJP. After his meeting with Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi, Mr Kumar said the approach of his allies, Lalu and Tejashwi Yadav, to a CBI case of corruption filed against them earlier this month, made it untenable for him to remain in partnership with them. Within hours, the BJP offered support to a government formed by Mr Kumar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted support to Mr Kumar "joining the fight against corruption", drawing a tweet of thanks.



Here is a 10-point guide to this big political story:
  1. "There was no scandal before this, I tried to make it work for as long as I could," said Nitish Kumar to reporters this evening. "My conscience would not allow me to continue," he said.



  1. BJP chief Amit Shah dialled Patna and after a discussion, the seniormost BJP leader in Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, said he conveyed the party's decision to Mr Kumar. "Nityanand Rai ji and I called Nitish ji. BJP has decided to support him and the government formed under him, We will inform the Governor too," Mr Modi said.



  1. Sources said the BJP, which earlier said it could offer Mr Kumar "outside support", has decided to join the new government.



  1. Asked about an alliance with the BJP, Mr Kumar said, "Let's see what happens next. We will decide on whatever is best for Bihar."



  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Mr Kumar in a series of tweets. "For the nation, especially for Bihar's bright future, rising above political differences and fighting against corruption is the need of the hour," his tweet read. "Many many congratulation to Nitish Kumarji for joining the fight against corruption. Over hundred million citizens are welcoming and supporting of the honesty."



  1. After Nitish Kumar's resignation, Lalu Yadav hit back with an allegation. "Nitish Kumar faced charges worse than corruption, we knew it. He has murder taint on him, we never raised it," he said. He also accused Mr Kumar of being in league with the BJP.



  1. On July 7, the Yadavs were accused of corruption stemming from Lalu Yadav's term as Railways Minister; their home was raided. Nitish Kumar dropped broad hints that Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav, 28, must quit his post of Deputy Chief Minister.  Today, Lalu Yadav announced that their son, Tejashwi, would not quit.




  1. Last month, Nitish Kumar abandoned his allies and other parties to side with the BJP in the election for President of India. He said the opposition which has formed an 18-party league was "in a mess" thanks largely to the Congress. The corruption case against the Yadavs allowed Nitish Kumar the exit point he was looking for to return to the BJP, say his critics, without making it seem like he is politically promiscuous.




  1. His support for the Prime Minister was first vociferously expressed in November when he stood out as the only opposition heavyweight to back the sudden ban of high-denomination notes.




  1. In 2013, Nitish Kumar ended a 17-year alliance with the BJP over its decision to promote Mr Modi as its presumptive prime minister. In 2015, he tied up with the Congress and former rival Lalu Yadav to block the PM from winning Bihar for the BJP.





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