Nitish Kumar to Take Oath as Bihar Chief Minister, Cabinet to Have 22 Ministers

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Nitish Kumar to Take Oath as Bihar Chief Minister, Cabinet to Have 22 Ministers

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place today evening.

Patna:  Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar will be taking oath this afternoon as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth time. The ceremony will be held at 5 pm at Patna's Raj Bhavan.
Here are the Top Ten developments:
  1. Along with Mr Kumar, 22 ministers are expected to take oath -- 20 of them had resigned from his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi's cabinet in protest earlier this month and two others, who were dismissed by Mr Manjhi.
  2. The Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal - the allies of JD(U) - are expected to join the government later.
  3. The prominent leaders who are likely to attend the ceremony include the chief ministers of neighbouring West Bengal and Assam - Mamata Banerjee and Tarun Gogoi.
  4. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad will skip the ceremony in view of the family wedding. The SP will be represented by senior leader Shivpal Yadav.
  5. Mr Kumar is to take the floor test in Assembly to prove his majority by March 16. He has claimed the support of over 120 lawmakers -- the halfway mark stands at 117.
  6. Mr Kumar is taking over as the chief minister after a dramatic exit by his predecessor Mr Manjhi, who stepped down on Friday after a lengthy battle to hang on to the post.  
  7. Hours before his test of strength in the assembly, Mr Manjhi handed his resignation to Governor KN Tripathi when it became clear that even with the BJP's support, he would not be able to muster enough legislators to cross the halfway mark.
  8. On Friday, Mr Kumar had publicly described his decision to quit office last year as "a mistake" and apologised to the people of Bihar, taking a leaf out of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal's book.
  9. Mr Kejriwal's public apology for quitting chief ministership after 49 days last year, had hugely endeared him to people who had given him a record mandate in the recently concluded assembly polls in Delhi.
  10. Bihar is heading for elections later this year, in which, the JD(U), along with RJD and the Congress is likely to present a united front against the BJP. Mr Kumar's bid to come back as a chief minister was made in view of the coming elections.




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