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Nitish to be elected NDA leader in Bihar

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | November 23, 2005 09:46 IST

Nitish Kumar ofJanata Dal United, will be elected leader of the National Democratic Alliance in Patna at a joint meeting of the newly elected members of JD(U) and the Bhartiya JanataParty at 6 pm on Wednesday.

Kumar willreach Patna from New Delhi around noonon Wednesday,after he is felicitated by the BJP parliamentary party at a meeting in the Parliament House in the morning.

"I have enormous tasks ahead of me. We have broken the myth that Bihar cannot have free and fair elections and now we have to break the myth that Bihar cannotsee development. I want to make Bihar one of the topmost states in the country," Nitish told newsmen lateTuesday night,after a meeting with his colleague Sharad Yadav.

Nitish, who did not contest the Bihar assembly polls, would be first elected leader of the JD(U) party at a meeting of its MLAs at 4 pm on Wednesday,before being electedleader of the NDA alliance.

"Afterhis election, leaders of BJP and JD(U) would accompany him to Raj Bhavanto meet Governor Buta Singh and stake our claim to form the next government. In all, we expect at least 12 ministers to take the oath along with Nitish Kumar on Thursday afternoon at Gandhi Maidan," Sharad Yadav told rediff.com.

Amongst those who are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremonyare former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, BJP president L K Advani andformer chief ministers of Punjab, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh- Prakash Singh Badal, Om Prakash Chautala and Chandrababu Naidu respectively.Mamata Banerjee and Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradeshwould also be invited, Sharad Yadav said.

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