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Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM, Rahul Gandhi calls him 'unprincipled' and 'opportunist'

After much high drama that went on all night, Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief Minister of Bihar, once again, at 10 AM today within hours after resigning from the post, but this time with BJP in the mix instead of RJD and Congress.

Commenting on the developments, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday suggested that Nitish Kumar is "unprincipled" and an "opportunist" and said he knew "three-four months ago" that the Bihar chief minister was planning to sunder the 'grand alliance'.

Rahul also said Nitish's move was symptomatic of "the problem with Indian politics", where people take decisions "based on pure self-interest".

Last Saturday, Rahul met Nitish in what seemed like a bid to save the 'grand alliance' which was gasping for breath after RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav was named in a CBI corruption case. The Congress, which appeared to be on Tejashwi's side, became the mediator in the rift between the JD (U) and the RJD.

Nitish wanted an explanation from the RJD about the corruption charges. The RJD kept insisting the corruption charges were "trumped up" and an attempt to break the 'grand alliance'.