A joint meeting of the NDA legislature party will be held in Patna today wherein Nitish Kumar will be elected as its leader. The decision was taken at an “informal” meeting of leaders of the four constituents in Bihar – the JDU, BJP, HAM and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) at the residence of Kumar.
The key meeting will begin at 12.30 pm today and all further decisions will be taken. The current state cabinet will hold its last meeting in the evening where a decision on the dissolution of the assembly, the tenure of which expires on November 29, will be taken.
Despite the BJP emerging as the largest party in the ruling alliance with 74 seats, 31 more than the JD(U), the top leadership of the saffron party, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has emphatically endorsed Kumar as the next chief minister. He was declared the ruling coalition’s chief ministerial candidate much before the election process had started.
Though Kumar did not divulge more on what transpired during the meeting at his residence, informed sources said the issues discussed included the representation of each constituent in the cabinet and election of the new assembly speaker.
Speculation is rife that the BJP might push for an EBC or a Dalit as a Deputy CM though it is not clear whether the insistence will be on replacing veteran leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who has been holding the post for the most part since 2005, or replicating the experiment in adjoining Uttar Pradesh where two leaders occupy the post.
(With PTI inputs)