Patna, Feb 22: Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is set to take oath as the chief minister of the state at 5 pm on Sunday. [Nitish Kumar's taking oath as CM before poll a comedy]
The JD(U) leader held a half-an-hour long meeting with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday, confirmed the news to the reporters. This is the fourth time Nitish Kumar will take oath as the chief minister of Bihar. He will succeed Jitan Ram Manjhi whom he had appointed for the post after the Lok Sabha poll debacle in May last year.
Kumar also sought an apology while addressing a gathering outside his home for resigning as the chief minister last year. He also assured that he will not commit the same mistake in future.
The governor has asked Nitish Kumar to prove his majority in the assembly on March 16.
Meanwhile, Manjhi, who had a serious clash with Kumar resulting in faultlines in the party, rubbished allegations that he was joining the BJP and extended his best wishes to Nitish Kumar for his swearing-in ceremony.
Manjhi, who was expelled from the JD(U) on February 9, stepped down as the chief minister on Friday and did not take the floor test in the assembly. He said his ministers and legislators were receiving death threats ahead of the trust vote.