Patna: A new Bihar government headed by Jitan Ram Manjhi as the 32nd Chief Minister was sworn in here today.
Governor D Y Patil who administered the oath to Manjhi and 17 ministers at a function at Raj Bhawan directed the new government to seek a trust vote on the floor of the House on May 23.
The new Cabinet comprised all ministers of the Nitish Kumar government.
Vijay Chaudhary was the first to take oath after the Manjhi. Vijendra Prasad Yadav, Narendra Singh, Brishen Patel, Ramai Ram and Bhim Singh followed. The Cabinet has one woman member, Lessi Singh and a Muslim, Shahid Ali Khan.
Two Independents Dulal Chand Goswami and Binay Bihari were rewarded for supporting the government after it became a minority after parting of ways with the BJP. Four Independents had voted for Nitish Kumar on a confidence motion he had sought on June 19 last year. They were Dulal Chand Goswami, Binay Bihari, Pawan Jaiswal and Som Prakash Singh.