JD(U) inducts 8 new ministers in Bihar Cabinet
EVERYTHING is fine between Janata Dal-United (JDU) and the BJP, said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here on Sunday while negating the growing perception of a rift between the two allies after his party did not join Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA Government at the Centre. Kumar, who was talking to media persons after the oath-taking ceremony of eight new ministers, said: “There were vacancies from the JD(U) quota in the ministry. So, JD(U) leaders were inducted.
Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon administers the oath of office to Shyam Rajak, Narendra Narayan, Ashok Chaudhary and Vima Bharti during the swearing-in ceremony for the Cabinet expansion in Patna on Sunday. (PTI)
There is no issue with the BJP. Everything is fine between the two parties.” Kumar, after the Cabinet expansion, said the BJP was offered a berth in his Cabinet, but the BJP was not too keen. Echoing similar sentiments, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said: “JD(U) has inducted ministers from its own quota. We have our vacant slots in the state Council of Ministers, which will fill in the future.” Eight new ministers who were inducted in the State’s Council of Ministers are Ashok Chaudhary, Shyam Rajak, Laxmeshwar Prasad, Bhima Bharati, Ram Sevak Singh, Sanjay Jha, Neeraj Kumar, and Narendra Narayan Yadav.
They were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Lalji Tandon at Raj Bhavan on Sunday. Earlier, negating talks of a rift between BJP and JDU over the allotment of only one ministerial berth in Prime Minister Modi's new Cabinet, Rajak told ANI: “The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is intact. People are merely spreading rumours.” Another JDU leader Neeraj Kumar, who also took oath as a minister on Sunday, had said: “JD(U) will never leave the NDA. Ministry formation is the prerogative of the Chief Minister.”