After Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav joined forces to create a new government in Bihar, all eyes are now on the Cabinet expansion scheduled for today, August 16 at 11:30 a.m. On August 9, the Janata Dal (United) opted unanimously to break relations with the BJP, and Nitish Kumar’s party formed an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in a startling power shift.
Nitish Kumar, who took the oath of office as Bihar’s chief minister for the eighth time on August 10 in a low-key ceremony at Raj Bhavan, is expected to keep the crucial Home portfolio, while the RJD may take over most of the departments that were previously held by the BJP.
The RJD, which has the most MPs in the Bihar Assembly, is expected to earn 16 cabinet positions, while the JD(U) will maintain 11.
Manjhi, Jitan Ram The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) is expected to gain one cabinet position, while Congress, which is part of the Grand Alliance, is expected to get two. Today, 31 MLAs, including one independent, are expected to take the oath of office as ministers.
Sumit Kumar Singh, an independent MLA from Chakai in Jamui district, was the former Nitish Kumar-led Cabinet’s science and technology minister.
Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Vijay Chaudhary, Shrawan Kumar, Ashok Chaudhary, Madan Sahni, Sanjay Kumar Jha, Jama Khan, Sumit Kumar Singh, and Leshi Singh are among the JDU(Potential )’s ministers among others.
Tej Pratap Yadav, Surendra Yadav, Shashi Bhushan Singh, Bhudev Chaudhary, Anita Devi, Kumar Sarvjeet, Alok Mehta, Shahnawaz Alam, Sudhakar Singh, and Samir Mahaseth are among the RJD ministerial hopefuls.
Shakeel Ahmad and Rajeev Kumar of the Congress party are the frontrunners for ministerial positions. The eldest son of former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Santosh Suman Manjhi of HAM, is also expected to be sworn into the Cabinet on Tuesday.
Though the RJD quota would most likely result in a majority Yadav representation in the Cabinet, the party is also attempting to accommodate non-Yadav Other Backward Class (OBC) politicians and Dalits in the ministerial council.
CM Nitish Kumar left the NDA for the first time in 2013 after Narendra Modi was elected as the alliance’s Prime Ministerial candidate, and then left his partnership with the RJD-Congress combo in 2017 to rejoin the NDA.
What started as a spat between the two partners turned into a full-fledged separation when Nitish Kumar accused the BJP of attempting to destroy his party and suspected former government minister and JD(U) leader RCP Singh of working with the saffron camp. Singh, a close assistant to Nitish Kumar, resigned shortly after being charged with corruption and stated that joining the BJP was an option.