Modi extends power
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a major political victory yesterday when the chief minister of a populous northern state joined forces with his ruling party, further weakening the field of credible opposition candidates.
Nitish Kumar, once seen as a potential challenger in the 2019 general election, was sworn in as chief minister a day after quitting – over a row with his coalition ally – and will govern with Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The political realignment in Bihar, means that Modi’s party now rules in 17 of India’s 29 states. Reuters