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Bihar Cabinet expansion: RJD's Tej Pratap Yadav, JDU's Leshi Singh, and 29 others take oath today — Full list

Bihar Cabinet expansion: RJD's Tej Pratap Yadav, JDU's Leshi Singh, and 29 others take oath today — Full list

Bihar Cabinet expansion: RJD's Tej Pratap Yadav, JDU's Leshi Singh, and 29 others take oath today — Full list
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By CNBCTV18.com Aug 16, 2022 2:22:59 PM IST (Updated)

The state cabinet can have up to 36 ministers, including the Chief Minister. The RJD, which is the largest party in the state assembly, got the lion's share of ministerial berths, followed by Kumar's JDU.

The two-member Bihar Cabinet comprising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was expanded on Tuesday, with the induction of 31 new faces from different constituents of the 'Mahagathbandhan' (Grand Alliance). While 17 MLAs from Rashtriya Janata Dal took the oath, Janata Dal United's 10 MLAs, Congress - two and one each from Hindustan Awas Morcha and an independent were inducted into the Nitish Kumar government.

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The swearing-in ceremony took place at 11.30 am inside the Raj Bhavan. RJD's Tej Pratap Yadav, elder brother of Tejashwi Yadav took the oath. In all 17 MLAs from Other Backward Class, six from Scheduled caste category, and six from upper caste were sworn in today.
The state cabinet can have up to 36 ministers, including the Chief Minister.The RJD, which is the largest party in the state assembly, got the lion's share of ministerial berths, followed by Kumar's JDU.
The JD(U) retained most of its ministers in the previous NDA government including Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Ashok Choudhary, Bijendra Yadav, Shravan Kumar and Leshi Singh. It dropped a few who have been deemed to be close to the BJP and former JD(U) president RCP Singh, accused of trying to split the party at the ex-ally's behest.
"The portfolios will be allocated shortly. I will hold a meeting of the entire cabinet today once again," Kumar said after the cabinet expansion.
The Congress got two ministerial berths. Afaque Alam and Murari Gautam were handpicked as part of the party's strategy to back a Muslim and a Dalit.
In addition, Hindustani Awam Morcha's Santosh Suman sworn in as a minister. The party, founded by his father and former CM Jitan Ram Manhi, has four MLAs. The lone Independent Sumit Kumar Singh, whose late father Narendra Singh was an old associate of the chief minister Kumar, had been made a minister in the previous government also took oath.
Here's the full list of new inductees
S.No.Leader nameParty
1Tej Pratap YadavRJD
2Lalit Kumar YadavRJD
3Chandra ShekharRJD
4Anita DeviRJD
5Sudhakar SinghRJD
6Mohammad Israil MansuriRJD
7Samir Kumar MahasethRJD
8Kumar SarvajeetRJD
9Surendra Prasad YadavRJD
10Ramanand YadavRJD
11Jitendra Kumar RaiRJD
12Alok MehtaRJD
13Sunil KumarRJD
14Kartik KumarRJD
15Shamim AhmadRJD
16ShahnawazRJD
17Surendra RamRJD
18Leshi SinghJDU
19Madan SahniJDU
20Sheela Kumari MandalJDU
21Vijay Kumar ChaudharyJDU
22Bijendra Prasad YadavJDU
23Ashok ChoudharyJDU
24Shrawan KumarJDU
25Sanjay Kumar JhaJDU
26Jayant RajJDU
27Mohd Zama KhanJDU
28Murari Prasad GautamCongress
29Afaque AlamCongress
30Santosh SumanHAM
31Sumit Kumar SinghIndependent
 
With inputs from PTI
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