Nitish Kumar elected Grand Alliance legislature party leader

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who along with RJD chief Lalu Prasad steered the Grand Alliance to a massive victory against BJP-led NDA in Bihar, was today elected as the leader of legislature party of the alliance, setting the stage for his third term as chief minister.

64-year-old Kumar’s name was proposed by RJD parliamentary board chief Rabri Devi and supported by Congress General Secretary C P Joshi at a joint legislature party meeting of the three parties.

Lalu Prasad, who is barred from fighting elections due to his conviction in a fodder scam case, was present at the meeting marked by bonhomie among MLAs of the three parties who shook hands and hugged each other.

“We have to work hard to realise the faith reposed in us by the voters,” Kumar said, a view echoed by Prasad.

Kumar would soon head for Raj Bhawan with senior leaders of constituent parties to formally stake claim to form government before Governor Ram Nath Kovind.

JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar, who was present in the Grand Alliance legislature party meeting, told PTI that all the legislators approved the name of Kumar and clapped at the decision.

RJD President Lalu Prasad, his JD(U) counterpart Sharad Yadav, Joshi and JD(U) General Secretary K C Tyagi were present, he said.

Earlier in the day JD(U) had formally elected Nitish Kumar as its legislature party leader.

The JD(U) Legislature Party meeting took place after Kumar met the Governor and apprised him that the state cabinet has recommended dissolution of the House to make way for formation of 16th Legislative Assembly and a new government.