October 23, 2021

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Bihar govt formation: 12 ministerial berths to JD(U), two Deputy CMs of BJP and all you need to know


Nitish Kumar will become the CM after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners unanimously approved his name for the top job following a meeting on Sunday.

Key Highlights


Nitish Kumar will take oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the record fourth time
Nitish is likely to get two Deputy CMs, both from BJP


Patna: Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar is all set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth straight term today afternoon. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at Raj Bhavan in Patna in the presence of Governor Phagu Chauhan.
The ceremony will be attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda.
Nitish Kumar will become the CM after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners unanimously approved his name for the top job following a meeting on Sunday.
Although Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) maintained that Nitish Kumar would be the alliance’s CM irrespective of the results, now that the Bihar Assembly election results are finally out, the dynamics have somewhat changed in Bihar.
Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) finished at the third spot with 43 seats, way behind second-placed BJP which got 74 seats. Remaining two NDA partners – HAM and VIP – secured four seats each.
Two Deputy CMs in Bihar
The speculation is rife that the BJP may instate two Deputy Chief Ministers, both belonging to the saffron party, an arrangement similar to Uttar Pradesh.
Four-term Katihar MLA Tarkishore Prasad was named the BJP legislature party leader, indicating that he could be the deputy chief minister in the new NDA government headed by Nitish Kumar.
Bettiah MLA Renu Devi was made the BJP’s deputy legislature party leader and she could be another deputy CM in the NDA ministry, which will be sworn-in on Monday evening.
However, when asked if there will be two deputy chief ministers from BJP in Bihar, Tarkishore Prasad said: “The party is deliberating on it. We will follow the directions of the party. I can’t comment on it as of now.”
According to reports, there are chances the JD(U) having 43 MLAs could get 12 ministerial berths while the BJP having 74 MLAs could get 18 ministers with one ministerial berth to be allotted to both Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).
The maximum number of ministers in the cabinet permissible in the government is 36 as the size of council of ministers can be only 15% of the total number of seats in the Assembly, which stands at 243.
So, the number of ministers is likely to be increased by four.

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