The Bihar cabinet saw an expansion Saturday with 27 new ministers taking oath of office at the Raj Bhawan in Patna. Reinstated Chief Minister Nitish Kumar incorporated 14 JD(U) MLAs, 12 BJP MLAs and one LJP MLA in the new state government. While Nitish kept the Home Ministry to himself, newly instated Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi got Finance and Commerce Ministries.
The full list of the portfolios handed out is as follows:
CM Nitish Kumar: Home
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi: Finance, Commerce
Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma: Education
Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan: Water Resources
Maheshwar Hazari: Building Construction
Vijendra Yadav: Energy
Pramod Kumar– Tourism
Vinod Narayan Jha– PHED
Suresh Kumar Sharma– Urban Development and Housing
Kumari Manju Verma– Social Welfare
Vijay Kumar Sinha– Labour Resources
Santosh Kumar Nirala– Transport
Rana Randhir Singh– Cooperative
Khurshid alias Feroz Ahmad– Minority Welfare and Sugarcane Development
Vinod Kumar Singh– Mines and Geology
Madan Sahni– Food and Consumer Protection
Krishna Kumar Rishi– Art and Culture
Kapildeo Kamat– Panchayati Raj
Dinesh Chandra Yadav– Minor Irrigation and Disaster Management
Ramesh Rishideo– SC, ST Welfare
Brij Kishore Bind– Backward and EBC Welfare
Pashupati Paras– Animal and Fish Resources.
Among JD(U) MLAs who were sworn in today are Shrawan Kumar, Jay Kumar Singh, Maheshwar Hazari, Shailesh Kumar, Santosh Kumar Nirala, Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad and Madan Sahni, Kapil Dev Kamat and Dinesh Chandra Yadav.
From the BJP, Prem Kumar, Nand Kishore Yadav, Ram Narayan Mandal, Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Pramod Kumar, Brij Kishor Bind, Suresh Kumar Sharma, Vijay Kumar Sinha, Rana Randhir Singh, Vinod Kumar Singh, Krishna Kumar Rishi took the oath on Saturday.
During the 2014 general elections, JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, members of the Congress and various other regional parties formed what was called the Maha-gathbandhan (Grand Alliance) to counter the BJP wave. The alliance won after which Nitish took the CM office.
However, following the embroilment of Lalu and certain members of his family, including son and Deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav, in an illegal land holdings scam, Nitish broke off the tie-up on July 27 and resigned from his post. He then formed a new alliance with the BJP and took oath again with Sushil Modi as his deputy in a late night development.
(With inputs from agencies)