Janata Dal- United (JD-U) chief Nitish Kumar on Monday (November 16) took oath as chief minister of Bihar for the seventh time. A 14-member council of ministers was also sworn in Patna by Governor Phagu Chauhan along with Nitish Kumar. Those who were administered the oath of office included two Deputy Chief Minister designates and BJP leaders Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi.
JD(U) ministers included Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Ashok Choudhary, Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Mewa Lal Chaudhary and Sheela Kumari Mandal.
Other than the two Deputy CM designates, the other BJP leaders who took oath as ministers on Monday were Mangal Pandey, Amarendra Pratap Singh, Ramprit Paswan, Jibesh Kumar and Ram Surat Rai.
HAM MLC Santosh Kumar Suman and Mukesh Sahni, the founder of VIP, also took oath as ministers along with Nitish Kumar.
CM Nitish Kumar on Tuesday allocated portfolios to the new ministers. Here is the full list:
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar – Home, General Administration, Cabinet, Vigilance, election and all other departments which are not distributed to any minister
Tarkishore Prasad Singh – Finance, Commercial taxes, Environment and forest, Information Technology, Disaster Management, Urban Development
Renu Devi – Panchayati Raj, Backward caste upliftment and EBC welfare, Industry
Vijay Chaudhary – Rural Engineering Department, Rural Development Department, Water Resources, Information and Broadcasting, Parliamentary Affairs
Bijendra Yadav – Energy, Prohibition, Planning, Food and Consumer Affairs
Mewa Lal Choudhary – Education
Sheila Kumari – Transport
Santos Manjhi – Minor Irrigation, SC/ST welfare
Mukesh Sahni – Animal Husbandry and Fishery
Mangal Pandey – Health, Road and Art and culture
Amrendra Singh – Agriculture, Cooperative
Ram Preet Paswan – PHED
Jivesh Kumar – Tourism, Labour, Mines
Ram Surat – Revenue, Law