The Bihar Cabinet Mantri , On Tuesday inducted 31 ministers in the Nitish Kumar government as the JD(U) chief broke alliance with the NDA to form the government with the support of the Maha Jota or “Mahagathbandhan”.
The Bihar cabinet consists of 16 RJDs, 11 Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), plus two Congressmen, one independent with former chief minister Jitan Ram Manji’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM). Congress is represented by one Dalit and one Muslim.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar has been given the portfolio of home department, while deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav has been given portfolios of health, urban development, rural development and housing. JD(U) leader Vijay Kumar Chowdhury has been given the charge of finance department and RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav has been made environment, forest and climate change minister.
Muslims number five in Bihar’s new cabinet, just one in the earlier NDA government that fell last week after the chief minister severed ties with the BJP. The RJD has, supposedly, given seven berths to a significant number of Yadavs, including party president Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav.
Soon after the swearing-in of the newly appointed ministers, CM Nitish Kumar informed that the portfolios will be approved soon and a full cabinet meeting will be held on Tuesday.
The state cabinet can consist of 36 ministers including the Chief Minister of Bihar. With 31 ministers inducted on Tuesday, a few slots are being kept vacant for future expansion.
Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, a day after falling out with alliance partner BJP and apparently resigning. He formed the government in alliance with his former rivals in RJD and Congress.
His deputy and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was the only other minister to take oath before Governor Phagu Chouhan. Kumar, who heads the JD(U), was sworn in for a record eighth time as the head of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) to join hands with the BJP.