Janata Dal (United) Chief Nitish Kumar on Sunday expanded his cabinet by inducting 8 new ministers in his State Cabinet. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inducted Ashok Chaudhary, Shyam Rajak, Laxmeshwar Prasad, Bhima Bharati, Ram Sevak Singh, Sanjay Jha, Neeraj Kumar, and Narendra Narayan Yadav in his cabinet.
All newly inducted Ministers were administrated oath by the State Governor Lalji Tandon in Raj Bhawan in State’s capital Bhawan.
The move came amidst speculations about a possible rift in between JD-U and Bharatiya Janata Party over ministerial berth in the Narendra Modi Cabinet. However, dismissing all such claims, Lawmaker Shyam Rajak said the National Democratic Alliance is intact in Bihar, and reports about the rift are just rumors.
Ashok Chaudhary, former Congress State Chief also said made similar claims and said that the alliance is intact.
Both JD(U) and BJP are running a coalition government in the state.
Nitish Kumar had on May 30 announced not to be a part of Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet saying that BJP’s offer of one ministerial berth in the cabinet is not acceptable.
When I was told one ministerial berth will be given to JD(U), I said we don’t need it but I’ll ask my party. I asked everyone, they said it’s not appropriate that we show only symbolic participation when we’re together. We’re together, not upset’, Kumar said as quoted by ANI.
Kumar added, ‘We are together, Our alliance is for the development of Bihar and not representation, he said while adding that Yadav held a meeting last night after the swearing-in ceremony of the all 57 Ministers and PM Narendra Modi.
Asserting his wish that Party should get a more number of seats in Cabinet, Kumar said if at all JD-U’s representation is necessary then it should be based on the proportion in Bihar.
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Janata Dal (United) contested the national polls in an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party. It has bagged 16 out of 17 contested Seat in Bihar that has a total of 40 Lok Sabha Seats. Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP was also an alliance partner of BJP and JD-U in Bihar.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Alliance in the state swept polls by bagging 39 Seats out of the 40 Lok Sabha Seats. RJD who led the opposition alliance comprising Congress, RLSP, Jitan Ram Manjhi‘s HAM, among others faced a humiliating defeat in the national polls concluded on May 23.
The five-party alliance managed to get only one seat of Kishanganj. Dr. Mohammad Jawed of Congress won Kishanganj seat with a margin of 34,466 votes.