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All smiles after emotional adieu
Nitish thanks secretariat staff

Emotional at Samvad while interacting with the employees of the chief minister’s secretariat on the last day in office, Nitish Kumar turned jovial at the swearing-in ceremony of his successor Jitan Ram Manjhi at Rajendra Mandap in Raj Bhavan.

Nitish profusely thanked each member of the secretariat while having lunch with them at the thanksgiving function at 3pm. “I had very good time while working with all of you. The work I executed as the chief minister could not have been achieved without your help. As you know, in monarchy people only think about themselves; but in democracy you have to think about everyone,” said a tad emotional Nitish.

Around two hours on, he was bright and breezy. After taking the oath of office, Manjhi hugged Nitish. Introducing his wife Shanti Devi to the outgoing chief minister, Manjhi said: “Sir, my wife always complains about making lot of chapattis for guests.”

A smiling Nitish said in a lighter vein: “Now, you (Shanti Devi) won’t have to make chapattis. You just need to give orders, there would be enough cooks to take care of you.”

The atmosphere was much emotional at Samvad two hours ago. On the last day in the office of the chief minister, Nitish thanked all the employees of the secretariat and had lunch with them.

Principal secretary to Nitish Anjani Kumar Singh began the thanksgiving function by giving a speech. He praised the tenure of Nitish.

“It is a very heart-breaking moment for every staff of the chief minister’s secretariat who had been privileged to work under you, sir. We have learnt a lot. We all will miss you. The kind of lesson you have given us will always help us perform better in life,” said Anjani.From a clerk to the principal secretary, each member of the chief minister’s secretariat was invited to the closed-door affair. All of them were served lunch, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.

Nitish preferred addressing the staff and employees sitting. He became a bit emotional while officially interacting with them for the last time in this tenure. Voice choking, Nitish said: “I resigned for the democracy because I have to think about everyone and I must tell you that I am taking all the memories of employees who stood by me along. Janata durbars would not have been successful without your help. I used to listen to the grievances of the people and you were the one who used to dispose of the files. I shall be always obliged to everyone working at the chief minister’s secretariat for that dedication.”

Finally, Nitish thanked everyone and bade adieu with hands folded.

Little later, Nitish drove into Raj Bhavan with Manjhi for the swearing-in ceremony around 4.55pm, five minutes before Governor D.Y. Patil. When they entered Rajendra Mandap, all the dignitaries, including Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary and director-general of police Abhayanand, stood up. So did Manjhi’s wife, son Santosh Kumar Suman, daughter in-law Deepa Kumari and a few other relatives of his present there.

After sworn in, Manjhi hugged Nitish. The two Independent MLAs, Vinay Bihari and Dulal Chandra Goswami thanked Nitish for their inclusion in the council of ministers.