Bihar Cabinet led by Nitish Kumar takes the oath; RJD receives the most share, and Tej Pratap swears in

Phagu Chauhan, the governor of Bihar, gave the new Ministers the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan. 16 cabinet seats have been allocated to the RJD.

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Tuesday saw the inauguration of new Ministers into the Nitish Kumar-led Council of Ministers, one week after the Mahagatbandhan retook control in Bihar. Phagu Chauhan, the governor of Bihar, gave the new Ministers the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan. 16 cabinet positions have gone to the RJD, while 11 have gone to the JDU. In the first round of the Bihar cabinet enlargement, Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Bijendra Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Alok Mehta, and Afaque Alam (all from the JDU) took the oath of office.

Change of guard in Bihar

Nitish Kumar made another U-turn on August 9 and re-aligned with the RJD, Congress, and the Left after leaving the NDA for five years. With the backing of 164 MLAs, he made a claim to form a new government and presented his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan of Bihar. As a result, the opposition space in Bihar is currently made up of just the BJP and one AIMIM MLA. On August 10, Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav, the head of the RJD, were sworn in as the chief minister and deputy chief minister, respectively. Kumar is serving his eighth term as chief minister.