Pat, November 10: Several top leaders from across the country are likely to attend the oath taking ceremony of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on November 20, the Jata Dal-United (JD-U) said. State JD-U president Vashsisht rain Singh told the media here that these would include former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda as well as chief ministers from many states. “We will invite top leaders for the function,” he said.
Nitish Kumar will again take oath as chief minister along with a 36-member council of ministers after the Chhath festival to be celebrated in the third week of November, a JD-U leader said. According to the Grand Alliance which routed the BJP in assembly elections on Sunday, there will be 16 ministers from Lalu Prasad’s RJD, 15 from the JD-U and five from the Congress. The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 assembly seats, followed by the JD-U with 71 and the Congress with 27 seats. (IANS)