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Bihar cabinet expansion: Nitish Kumar's new team of 31 ministers | Full list

Bihar cabinet expansion: Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Chief Minister for a record eighth time after he resigned from the post and quit the BJP-led NDA. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav took oath as Deputy Chief Minister.

Vani Mehrotra Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: August 17, 2022 7:00 IST

Highlights

  • The new ministers are from different constituents of the 'Mahagathbandhan' or the Grand Alliance
  • Nitish Kumar had broke the BJP-led alliance and formed a new govt in alliance with RJD and Congress
  • The Bihar cabinet can have a maximum of 36 ministers

Bihar cabinet expansion: The newly formed cabinet in Bihar expanded on Tuesday when 31 ministers took oath, with the RJD getting a lion’s share. The swearing-in ceremony was held at 11:30 am at the Raj Bhavan.

Among the ministers who took oath - 16 were from RJD, 11 from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), two from Congress, one from ex-CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and one Independent.

The number of Muslims in the new cabinet is five, up from only one in the previous NDA government that fell last week after the chief minister severed ties with the BJP.

The RJD has, predictably, given a significant number of seven berths to Yadavs, including Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of party president Lalu Prasad.

It, however, also gave representation to the upper castes in keeping with the wider social outreach by deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

Among those from the RJD quota were Kartikeya Singh, a Bhumihar MLC, and Sudhakar Singh, a Rajput, whose father Jagadanand Singh is currently the state president.

The JD(U) has retained its ministers from the previous dispensation.

The Congress is represented by a Dalit and a Muslim.

Bihar cabinet expansion: Full list of new ministers

A total of 31 ministers - 16 from RJD, 11 from JD(U), two from Congress, one from Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and one independent candidate were inducted in Bihar's cabinet today. 

New minisers from RJD

1. Tej Pratap Yadav

2 Alok Mehta 
3. Surendra Prasad Yadav 
4. Ramanand Yadav 
5. Kumar Sarvajeet
6. Lalit Yadav 
7. Samir Kumar Mahaseth
8. Chandrashekhar 
9. Jitendra Kumar Rai 
10. Anita Devi 
11. Sudhakar Singh 
12. Md Israil Mansuri 
13. Surendra Ram 
14. Kartikeya Singh
15. Shahnawaz Alam 
16. Shamim Ahmed 

New ministers from JD(U)

1. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary 
2. Bijendra Yadav
3. Shravan Kumar 
4. Ashok Choudhary 
5. Leshi Singh 
6. Sanjay Jha 
7. Madan Sahni 
8. Sheela Kumari
9. Sunil Kumar 
10. Mohd Zama Khan 
11. Jayant Raj 

 

New ministers from Congress 

1. Afaque Alam
2. Murari Gautam 

New minister from HAM 

Santosh Kumar Suman 

Independent 

Sumit Kumar Singh 

Meanwhile, the new Nitish Kumar led-Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar will go for a floor test on August 24 to prove its majority in the state assembly.

The session was initially under question as Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha refused to quit and prompted the ruling alliance to move a no-confidence motion against Sinha.

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