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Nitish elected head of JD-U legislature party

 2015-11-14 09:37:25.0

9552-nitish-kumar-5 Patna: �Legislators of Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Saturday elected Nitish Kumar as their leader in the assembly, paving the way for him to become the chief minister yet again.�Nitish Kumar, who led the Grand Alliance to a victory in assembly elections, will be later elected leader of the legislature party of the three-member grouping that also includes the RJD and the Congress. His election as the JD-U legislature party leader came some two hours after he submitted his resignation to Governor Ramnath Kovind.�"This formality is now over," JD-U state president Vashsisht Narain Singh said. Earlier, Nitish Kumar met the governor, submitted his resignation and said the cabinet had decided to dissolve the outgoing assembly.�The governor urged him to continue as caretaker chief minister till a new government is formed. According to JD-U leaders, Nitish Kumar will take oath as chief minister on November 20 along with a 36-member council of ministers.�The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 assembly seats, followed by the JD-U with 71 and the Congress with 27 seats.�There will be 16 ministers from Lalu Prasad's RJD, 15 from the JD-U and five from the Congress in the new government. (IANS)

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