PATNA: JD-U leader Nitish Kumar who walked out of the Grand Alliance on Wednesday has joined hands with its political foe, the BJP to form his government in Bihar.
At a brief function organized in the Raj Bhawan, he was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar for the sixth time. Along with him, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was also sworn in as his deputy.
Except for them, no other ministers took oath. As per reports, the chief minister will expand his cabinet after he proves his majority on the floor of the assembly on July 29.
Opposition parties boycotted his swearing-in ceremony as the RJD charged him with betraying the people’s mandate against the BJP-led NDA.
“He (Nitish Kumar) has ditched the grand alliance. He is a traitor,” alleged RJD leader Bhai Birendra.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too hit out at Nitish Kumar saying “Nitish ne hame dhokha diya (Nitish has ditched us).”
Another senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad said he didn’t expect such thing from Nitish Kumar who formed his government with the support of the BJP as the grand alliance had had been given the mandate against the BJP.