PATNA - Legislators of Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Saturday elected Nitish Kumar as their leader in the assembly, paving the way for him to become the chief minister yet again.
Nitish Kumar, who led the Grand Alliance to a victory in assembly elections, will be later elected leader of the legislature party of the three-member grouping that also includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.
His election as the JD(U) legislature party leader came some two hours, after he submitted his resignation to Governor Ramnath Kovind.
JD-U state president Vashsisht Narain Singh said that, "This formality is now over".
Earlier, Nitish Kumar met the governor, submitted his resignation and said the cabinet had decided to dissolve the outgoing assembly.
According to JD(U) leaders, Nitish Kumar will take oath as chief minister on November 20 along with a 36-member council of ministers.
The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 assembly seats, followed by the JD(U) with 71 and the Congress with 27 seats.
There will be 16 ministers from Lalu Prasad's RJD, 15 from the JD(U) and five from the Congress in the new government.
Newly-elected legislators of Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress will meet around 3 pm and elect Nitish Kumar as the leader of the legislature party, after which Mr Kumar will stake claim to form the next government.