Stating that secularism shouldn't be used to justify corruption, he gained trust vote by a huge margin.
A clearly disgruntled, Tejashwi who was Kumar's deputy CM accused him of "opportunism."
Let's revisit the political journey of 6th time lucky, Nitish!
The Nitish Factor: Sweeping Bihar, the 6th time
03 Mar 2000
Nitish becomes Bihar's CM, only for 7 days
However, this stint lasted only a week as Nitish Kumar could not prove his majority.
He was succeeded by Rabri Devi as Bihar's CM.
Nitish could not garner the support of the 23 Congress MLAs, where Lalu outshone him.
23 Nov 2005
Nitish Kumar rides the wave of 'change' as Bihar's CM
Nitish's second inning as Bihar's CM was more stable. He was elected on 24 November 2005 and served until 24 November 2010.
He led the National Democratic Alliance to a resounding victory bringing to an end the 15-year rule of the Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Mr. Kumar said that his victory was a mandate for "change" and "governance."
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Nitish's social engineering strategy in Bihar's 2005 election
The JD(U) 'Chanakya', as he is called, revised his social engineering strategy and struck gold by making a rainbow coalition of EBCs, Mahadalits, OBCs and minorities in Bihar. If not for this strategy, he couldn't have uprooted 15 years of uninterrupted Lalu-Rabri rule.
26 Nov 2010
Bihar puts its trust in Nitish for a 2nd term
In 2010, Nitish Kumar was re-elected as the CM.
This success was mainly due to his previous term, where Bihar witnessed the record number of criminal prosecutions through fast track courts.
He also introduced bicycle and meal programs in schools.
The state also witnessed a sudden hike in GSDP growth, the 2nd highest in India.
Moreover, health programs for villages were introduced.
Nitish bids farewell to BJP
Modi's elevation in 2013 as chief of BJP's election campaign led to Nitish Kumar parting ways with BJP. The alliance had won 243 seats, of which only 91 fell in BJP's kitty. Kumar felt he might lose Muslim votes in Bihar over Modi.
22 Feb 2015
Nitish lets everyone know who runs Bihar, 4th time now
After having quit post the general election debacle on 17 May 2014, Nitish Kumar took oath as the 34th CM of Bihar on 22 February 2015.
With this victory, he put the dissent against himself led by (his handpicked) Jitan Ram Manjhi to an end.
Nitish took the Bihar throne on a war-footing as Bihar was slated for state election in just 5 months.
20 Nov 2015
Grand Alliance wins Bihar, Nitish becomes the CM
Nitish Kumar took on as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 5th time- a feat none other has achieved.
Grand Alliance emerged victorious "winning 178 seats of total 243 assembly seats".
While RJD led by Lalu Prasad won the maximum seats (80), it was followed by JDU (71) and Congress (27).
Tejaswi Yadav took on as Deputy CM.
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