26 July, Patna
Nitish Kumar, who resigned as Chief Minister this evening, was formally elected leader of NDA Legislative party tonight and would stake claim before Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi to form new government in the state.
Kumar was formally elected leader of NDA Legislative party in its meeting at the official residence of Chief Minister. Legislators of all constituents of the NDA, including the JD(U), BJP, LJP and RLSP, were present in the meeting when Kumar was elected leader.
The Bihar Assembly with strength of 243 MLAs, the magic number to form the government is 122. The JD(U) has 71 Legislators, followed by BJP (53), LJP (2), RLSP (2) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (1) which comes to 129, a simple majority to form the government.
Kumar, whose party JD(U) is now part of the NDA, would stake claim before Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi to form the new government, with support of 129 MLAs.