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Bihar Cabinet expansion: Shahnawaz Hussain among those sworn in

Bihar Governor Fagu Chauhan congratulates Syed Shahnawaz Hussain after taking oath during the swearing-in ceremony for the Cabinet expansion of coalition government of NDA at Raj Bhawan, in Patna, on February 9, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

After much delay and speculations, the Nitish Kumar Cabinet in Bihar on Tuesday was expanded, with nine from the BJP and eight from the JD(U) taking oath as ministers. Most of them are young faces.

Prominent among them is BJP leader and former Union Minister Shahnawaz Hussain. Mr. Hussain is likely to be the Finance minister.

The other young BJP leaders who took oath were Nitin Navin from the Patna West constituency; Samrat Chaudhury, who is party MLC and former minister; Neeraj Kumar Babloo, who is five-time MLA from Chhatapur and a relative of deceased Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput; MLA from Saharsa Alok Ranjan Jha and Subhas Singh from Gopalgunj.

From the JD(U), old faces and former Ministers considered close to the Chief Minister such as Shrawan Kumar, Sanjay Kumar Jha, Madan Sahni, and Lessi Singh found place in the Cabinet. The party also brought in young faces such as Jayant Raj (MLA from Amarpur in Banka district); former police official Sunil Kumar (Bhore MLA); Sumit Singh, who had won as an Independent from Chakai in Jamui district but later joined the party; Jama Khan, who had won on the Bahujan Samaj Party ticket from Chainpur in Kaimur district but later joined the JD(U). Sumit Singh is son of veteran socialist leader Narendra Singh and is considered an arch-rival of Lok Janshakti Party chief and Jamui MP Chirag Paswan.

It is said that both the ruling alliance parties have taken caste and regional representation into consideration in the selection of ministers.

On November 16 last, the Cabinet of 14 Ministers, including Mr. Kumar, had taken oath. In total, of the 243 members of the House, there could be a maximum 36 members of the Cabinet.

On Monday, Mr. Kumar said, “it [Cabinet expansion] will be done when list of [BJP] candidates comes”.

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