After the meeting on Tuesday, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik categorically stated that there was no discussion regarding any alliance. However, contrary to Patnaik's statement, the JDU, through a tweet claimed that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has become the leader of opposition unity.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said, “Our relation with Biju Babu and Naveen Ji is very old. Due to Covid ,we could not meet. No political discussions were held. We have good relations and there is no need to discuss any politics.”
Though the motive behind Nitish Kumar’s visit is not clear yet, speculations are rife that discussion on the formation of United Front may be a topic between the two leaders during their meeting.
After his visit to Delhi to meet prominent opposition leaders, Bihar Chief Nitish Kumar on Friday said that he had decided to go across the country to unite opposition parties.
Nitish Kumar, always vocal against Jungle Raj, is now sitting in the lap of its progenitor. BJP will form a full majority government in Bihar in 2025 and the process will start in 2024.
He also targeted the BJP leaders, and said, "BJP leaders should go in public and make people aware about the benefits of liquor ban in Bihar."
There is buzz that Nitish Kumar wants to open the gate of dialogue with the BJP by blaming Lalan Singh and Bijendra Yadav for breaking the NDA in Bihar.
Ravindra Singh, the advocate of the petitioner, said that the case is related to Gaya's Vishnupad temple controversy in which Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took his Muslim cabinet minister Mohammad Israil Mansuri inside the temple despite prohibition for entry of non-Hindus.
As Deputy Speaker Maheshwar Hazari announced the vote of trust, BJP's former Deputy Chief Minister objected to it, saying that it is not required. Hazari turned down his point and conducted the vote.
Tej Pratap Yadav has been given the charge of Arwal, Mohammad Afaq Alam has been appointed in-charge of Buxar, Ashok Chaudhary for Rohtas and Jamui, while Sharawan Kumar was appointed in-charge for Samastipur district.
Kumar said: "The matter did not come into my cognizance. I was not aware of the warrant issued by the court."
He has given the health ministry to his deputy Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, along with road construction, urban development and housing and rural development.
Kumar has called for the first Cabinet meeting at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday where the new Ministers will receive their portfolios.
The total ministers in Bihar government reached 33 as Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav already took the oath of chief minister and deputy chief minister.
Sources in the RJD confirmed that Madhepura MLA and Yadav leader Chandrashekher Yadav selected in the cabinet and he is most likely to take oath in the Raj Bhawan.