Updated: November 24, 2015 1:58:03 am
All 28 ministers of the Nitish Kumar government took charge Monday. Most of them asserted that they would work to further the chief minister’s development agenda.
Taking charge of the road construction department, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav promised to take the state forward on the path of development and prove his detractors wrong.
After receiving bouquets from officials of the department, Tejashwi said: “We have got an overwhelming mandate to work. We have to work very hard to keep up the momentum and prove our detractors wrong.”
Tejashwi’s elevation as Deputy CM at the age of 26 had triggered criticism, prompting him to tweet on Saturday that a “book should not be judged by its cover”. He is in charge of building, construction and backward and extremely backward classes welfare departments, besides the key road construction department.
Lalu’s other son, Health Minister Tej Pratap, visited Patna Medical College and Hospital soon after taking charge. Known to be camera shy, Tej Pratap took media questions comfortably, adding that development was the collective agenda.
Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui, who took charge as Finance Minister, said: “I have held several departments during RJD rule, but finance is a new department for us. I have told my officials to adopt a developmental approach and concentrate on specific results.”
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