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7 things you need to know about Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who resigned today

Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 4:58pm IST Updated: Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 5:15pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

In light of BJP's landslide win in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his position. Post a split from the BJP that cost him dearly, he is resigning just as Narendra Modi ascends to power.

Here are some things you might want to know about the former Bihar CM.

* Kumar has been the CM of Bihar since 2005, having previously served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Railways and Minister for Surface Transport and then as the Minister for Agriculture in 1998–99.

* As a CM he gained a great deal of favour with his populace keeping crime in check and undertaking a number of construction and developmental activities. Bihar also developed an electronic equivalent to the RTI called the Jankari scheme.

* He was majorly responsible for leading the National Democratic Alliance to its victory in Bihar in November, 2005. This was crucial as it helped in the downfall of previously reigning Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal.

* He swept back to power in 2010 along with the BJP, which was at that time an ally of his party. Here he led the JDU-BJP to win a 4/5th majority. 

* In March 2014, Kumar made clear his ambitions to become Prime Minister. Having been a powerful force in Bihar, he stated that while 'one' had no experience working for the state, the 'other' had no experience with working in the Centre. These jibes were directed at Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, yet he never directly mentioned them. He did state however that he had experiences with both the state and centre, and was thus more qualified to rule. 

* Being a diligent member if the JD-U, he has stated in the recent election bout that the JD-U didn't make 'so called tall claims' instead it believed in working sincerely for the people. 

* In his split from the BJP that most considered because of his own ego, he lost greatly in the 2014 elections as the BJP managed to effectively wipe out the JD-U from Bihar. There were also heated exchanges between the two parties when the BJP accused the JD-U of providing unsatisfactory facilities for their rallies in the state. 

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