Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar’s chief minister, both Lalu’s sons in cabinet


Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar, who led the Grand Alliance to victory in the assembly elections, on Friday took oath as the chief minister of Bihar.

Governor Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Nitish Kumar at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan.

He was followed by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad’s sons Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav.

The event was attended by a galaxy of opposition leaders from across the country as well as thousands of RJD, JD-U and Congress supporters.

More than 2 lakh people, including eight chief ministers and a galaxy of national leaders ranged against the BJP, are attending today’s swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar as Bihar’s chief minister for a fifth term in office here.

12 members from JD(U), 12 from RJD and four from Congress have been accommodated in the cabinet.

Please read in Hindi: कल्याणबिगहा के ‘मुन्ना’ से ‘सुशासन बाबू’ तक का सफर

Key highlights:

  • National anthem being played
  • Nitish Kumar has just taken oath as Bihar’s CM for fifth time
  • Tejaswi Yadav to be included in the cabinet, first minister after Nitish to take oath

  • Tej Pratap Yadav asked to take oath second time after he read the words wrongly.
  • He pronounced Upekshit (ignored) instead of apekshit (expected)
  • Lalu Yadav’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav too included in the cabinet
  • Veteran RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui takes oath of office
  • Nitish’s other ministers are now taking oath of office
  • Manju Varma becomes the first and only (so far) woman minister in Nitish’s cabinet
  • Avdesh Singh from Congress takes oath. Was elected from Gaya
  • Abdul Jalil Mastan of the Congress becomes second Muslims minister in Nitish’s cabinet
  • Now members from JDU are taking oath of office
  • CPIM’s Sitaram Yechury, Grand Alliance’s chief strategist, Prashant Kishor, RJD chief Lalu Yadav on stage
  • BJP’s Venkaiah Naidu seen talking to Lalu Yadav
  • Former Delhi CM, Sheila Dikshit too present on the stage
  • Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal too arrives to attend the swearing ceremony

  • Farooq Abdullah & Omar Abdullah arrive for Nitish Kumar’s oath taking ceremony at Gandhi Maidan in Patna
  • WB CM Mamata Banerjee too present, sharing stage with CPIM’s Sitaram Yechury

  • BJP’s Sushil Modi, who was once Nitish’s deputy too at the function

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