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On 27.07.2017 Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister with Bharatiya Janata Party as partner of his Janata Dal-United, within 24 hours of quitting the Grand Alliance.

This is his second innings in the last two years, after he snapped ties late on Wednesday with the Grand Alliance partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, over corruption charges against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered the oath of office to Nitish Kumar at the Raj Bhavan.

Nitish Kumar sailed through the floor test on 28.07.2017 by securing 131 votes in his favour in the 243-member state assembly, but only after facing a strong new opposition that accused him of "betraying" people's mandate.

Under fire from RJD and Congress for breaking up the grand alliance and changing his partners, Kumar sought the confidence of the house on the plea that his decision to form government with BJP and its allies was in the interest of Bihar. 

He highlighted his policy of zero tolerance against corruption and focus on good governance, and said he does not need a lesson on secularism. "Secularism has to do with ideology and it is not a cover-up for corruption," Kumar told the house ahead of the trust vote, in a veiled attack on RJD leader Lalu Prasad who is presently fighting several court cases over the fodder scam. To highlight his commitment to secularism and transparency, the chief minister recalled the works undertaken by his government for the welfare of minority communities and women in the past. But the opposition tore into him, led by Lalu Prasad's son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.