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Nitish Kumar sworn in as Bihar CM for the 7th time, gets two BJP MPs

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The new NDA government in Bihar was sworn in on Monday night with Nitish Kumar being sworn in as prime minister for the seventh time with two senior deputy ministers, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi of the BJP, in cabinet.

A total of 14 ministers from the new cabinet were also sworn in. Five of them from JD (U) and seven from BJP and two from smaller allies, HAM (S) and VIP.

Kumar was sworn in by Governor Phagu Chauhan in a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhawan attended by BJP National Chairman JP Nadda, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, and other prominent BJP leaders, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Both Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi were sworn in after the prime minister indicated their position as number 2 and number 3 in the new council of ministers. They both sat next to Nitish Kumar on the main dais.

The other prominent faces inducted as ministers are the former chairman of the previous NDA government, Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Ashok Choudhary, Mewalal Choudhary, and Sheela Kumari (all from JD (U).

From the BJP, Mangal Pandey, former Minister of Health and Amarendra Pratap Singh, former Vice President and Party Leader, Rampreet Paswan, Jibesh Kumar and Ramsurat Kumar were sworn in as ministers. Paswan was sworn in in Maithili as he hails from Madhubani district and won from the Rajnagar assembly seat. Jibesh Kumar, another MLA BJP from Jale in Darbhanga, was also sworn in as minister. He was also sworn in at Maithili.

The Mithilanchal region comprising Darbhanga and Madhubani gained broader representation in the cabinet with three new faces from the districts, namely Paswan, Jibesh Kumar and Sheela Kumari. The BJP and JD (U) performed well in the Mithilanchal region, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed demonstrations during the campaign.

Santosh Kumar Suman, son of Hindustani chief Awam Morcha (Secular) Jitan Ram Manjhi and Mukesh Sahani, head of the Vikasheel Insaan Party, were also sworn in as ministers in the new cabinet. Both HAM (S) and VIP are smaller key allies in the new NDA government that has four MLAs each.

Former Deputy Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was also present, although he was not seen much in the conspiracies throughout the day between the leaders of JD (U) and BJP at the CM residence to decide the ministerial faces, what which led to speculation that Modi is apparently unhappy that he was not re-elected as executive vice president in the new government.

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