After numerous days of remain off between his gathering JD(U) and the RJD, Nitish Kumar surrendered as head of government on Wednesday and came back to the NDA overlay. Here's a course of events of how this shocking political move came to fruition:
May 2009 : Nitish began to distance himself from NarendraModi post-2002 Gujarat riots. At an NDA rally in May 2009 in Ludhiana, Modi held Nitish's hand aloft, much to the discomfiture of the Bihar minister.
June 2010 : Nitish cancels dinner he was to host for BJP netas, including Modi, over posters in Patna featuring his hand-in-hand moment with Modi.
June 2013 : JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar breaks with BJP, demanding assurance that Modi will not be the NDA's nominee for Prime Minister.
July 2014 : Mahagathbandhan, or grand alliance, between Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD, Nitish'sJD(U) announced with Congress.
November 2015 : Bihar hands grand alliance a massive mandate in 2015 polls. Nitish Kumar is crowned chief minister.
January-September 2016 : Signs of trouble grow, RJD says state's slipping law and order is Nitish's fault.
September 2016 : Nitish Kumar is first opposition leader to back the surgical strikes on Pakistan.
November 2016 : Indications of budding bonhomie between Modi and Nitish at official event. Modi praises Nitish for implementing liquor ban in Bihar.
June 2017 : Nitish skips luncheon for Opposition parties hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He then refuses to change his support for NDA presidential candidate Ram NathKovind in favour of Meira Kumar.
July 2017 : Bihar deputy CM TejashwiYadav, son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, is named an accused by CBI in land-for-hotels scam. Tejashwi refuses to resign despite Nitish's exhortations. The JD(U) chief announces his resignation on July 26, citing irreconcilable differences with RJD.