Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar (born 1 March 1951) is an Indian politician, who is serving as the 22nd Chief Minister of Bihar, a state in India, since 2015 and has served in that role on five previous occasions.[1] He has also served as a Union minister in the Union Government of India.

Nitish Kumar
22nd Chief Minister of Bihar
Assumed office
22 February 2015
Governor
Deputy
Preceded byJitan Ram Manjhi
In office
24 November 2005  17 May 2014
DeputySushil Kumar Modi (2005-2013)
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byJitan Ram Manjhi
In office
3 March 2000  10 March 2000
Preceded byRabri Devi
Succeeded byRabri Devi
Union Minister of Railways
In office
20 March 2001  21 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byMamata Banerjee
Succeeded byLalu Prasad Yadav
In office
19 March 1998  5 August 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byRam Vilas Paswan
Succeeded byMamata Banerjee
Union Minister of Agriculture
In office
27 May 2000  21 July 2001
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Succeeded bySunder Lal Patwa
In office
22 November 1999  3 March 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded bySunder Lal Patwa
Succeeded byAjit Singh
Union Minister of Surface Transport
In office
13 October 1999  22 November 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byM. Thambidurai
Succeeded byJaswant Singh
In office
14 April 1998  5 August 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byJaswant Singh
Succeeded byRajnath Singh
Personal details
Born (1951-03-01) 1 March 1951 (age 70)
Bakhtiarpur, Bihar, India
Political partyJanata Dal (United)
Other political
affiliations
National Democratic Alliance
Janata Dal (formerly)
Spouse(s)Manju Sinha
ChildrenNishant Kumar (son)
Alma materNational Institute of Technology, Patna (B.E. Mechanical Engineering)

Kumar is a member of the Janata Dal (United) political party. As the chief minister, he appointed more than 100,000 school teachers, ensured that doctors worked in primary health centres, electrified many villages,[2] paved roads, cut female illiteracy by half, turned around a lawless state by cracking down on criminals and doubled the income of the average Bihari.[3]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi & Minister for consumer affairs, Ram Vilas Paswan visiting the Bihar Museum, in Patna, built during 6th tenure of Nitish Kumar.

On 17 May 2014, Kumar resigned, taking responsibility for his party's poor performance in the 2014 general elections, and was succeeded by Jitan Ram Manjhi. However, he returned to office in February 2015 following a political crisis in Bihar and won the state elections of November 2015. He was elected as the national president of his party on 10 April 2016. He resigned again on 26 July 2017 as Chief Minister of Bihar due to differences with the coalition partner, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), following the naming of Tejashwi Yadav, the Deputy Chief Minister and RJD member, in a First Information Report alleging corruption filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Hours later, He joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition, which had thus far been the opposition, and secured a majority in the assembly. He became chief minister again on the following day. The Bihar government under Kumar banned alcohol in the state in April 2016.[4]