Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar took oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for a fourth straight term on Monday at a ceremony held in Patna.

Notably, it is the seventh time when Nitish Kumar is being sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar. Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumar at 4:30 pm.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda was present at the oath-taking ceremony, while the main opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) decided to boycott the event.

The  RJD boycotted the swearing-in ceremony stating the mandate was against the National Democratic Alliance.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi were also sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers.

Kumar’s party won 43 seats out of 71 it contested in the Bihar elections while its alliance partner BJP won 74, one short of RJD’s tally. Kumar had on Friday said that he did not wish to stay as chief minister but it is the wish of the BJP.