India's Bihar State Chief Minister forms new government after quitting BJP alliance

10/08/2022 05:37 PM

By Shakir Husain

NEW DELHI, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- The chief minister of India's Bihar state, Nitish Kumar, formed a new government after ending his party's alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kumar tendered his resignation on Tuesday and took the oath of office as chief minister again in the state capital Patna on Wednesday.

The new government includes Kumar's Janata Dal (United) party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the largest group in the Bihar assembly.

The RJD's Tejashwi Yadav, aged 32, has been made deputy chief minister in the new administration.

Kumar, 71, ended the BJP partnership amid reports of growing political differences.

Bihar is India's third most populous state and home to more than 100 million people.