"It is a matter of sadness and surprise that not a single Kayastha has been inducted in the newly formed government. I will meet BJP President Amit Shah to draw his attention to it," Ravindra Kishore Sinha, a Rajya Sabha member, was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
Nitish Kumar had broken the Grand Alliance last week and came back at the head of a new government in partnership with the BJP in a span of 14 hours. He took oath as the Chief Minister on Thursday and after winning Friday's trust vote, announced a cabinet of 27 ministers. Of them, 14 ministers are from his Janata Dal (United) and 13 from the NDA. Over half-a-dozen NDA ministers belong to the three powerful upper castes of Bihar -- Bhumihars, Rajputs and Brahmins.
On Saturday, after the ministers took oath, JDU spokesman Ajay Alok had publicly expressed displeasure, saying it was disheartening that no one from the kayastha community was given a berth in the cabinet.
Mr Sinha, however, pointed out that there was a local saying that if the BJP is sure of support from a community, apart from the traders, it is the Kayasthas.
The lawmaker, who has long been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the BJP, runs the Security and Intelligence Services India Ltd, one of the biggest private security agencies in the country. He has assets worth Rs 564 crore and his wife's assets are Rs 230 crore, according to his nomination papers filed in 2014.
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