45-year-old Mr Bhagat, elected as MLA in the 2000 Assembly elections held during the undivided Bihar, became Minister of State in the Babulal Marandi-led NDA government in Jharkhand.
When the Marandi government fell on the floor of the House in 2003, Mr Bhagat was made minister of state (Chief Minister' Secretariat) in the subsequent Arjun Munda government.
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