Nitish Kumar elected leader of JD(U) legislature party


Nitish Kumar, the chief minister-designate of Bihar, was elected leader of the JD(U) legislature party on Saturday.

The newly-elected legislators of Janata Dal (United) met at the residence of Nitish Kumar and elected him as its Legislature Party leader, JD(U) state President Basistha Narayan Singh told reporters in Patna.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, general secretary K C Tyagi and state party chief Basistha Narayan Singh were present at the meeting.

Senior minister in the outgoing government Bijendra Prasad Yadav proposed the name of Nitish Kumar as legislature party leader which other members approved immediately.

The election of Nitish Kumar paved the way for his appointment of legislature party chief of the Grand Alliance comprising JD(U), RJD and Congress.

The newly elected legislators of the three parties will meet later at 3pm and formally elect Kumar as their leader.

Basistha Narayan Singh said that addressing party MLAs and MLCs, Kumar told them to understand the great responsibility the people had entrusted on them.

JD(U) won 71 seats out of a total of 101 it had contested in Bihar assembly elections.

Earlier, Nitish Kumar submitted his resignation to governor Ramnath Kovind after the cabinet decided to recommend the dissolution of the outgoing assembly.

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