Patna, Feb 23: Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar was sworn-in as the Chief Minister, just 9 months after he stepped down from the post. Apart from him, 22 new ministers (including 3 ministers) were also inducted into the Cabinet.
The RJD and the Congress, however, are yet to become a part of the government. To this, Kumar said,"I'd requested them to join the government but they said they would take a decision later." He further added that he would expand the Cabinet after the Budget Session.
Meanwhile, a number of leaders from across the country were present at the Raj Bhavan for the ceremony. These included former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, Congress leaders Moti Lal Vohra and Dr. C.P. Joshi, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P) leader Babulal Marandi and Indian National Lok Dal leaders Abhay and Dushyant Chautala. Lalu Prasad skipped the event because of his daughter's wedding ceremony.
In a veiled hint at the previous governance, Kumar said that he would review its decision without any "ill-will or prejudice". The 22 sworn-in members held the same profiles they were assigned during the Nitish government. Highlighting the idea of good governance, Nitish Kumar said,"I'll follow the road map made by my government earlier and for this will also seek the support of the central government." Good governance, energy, development and agriculture would be the focus areas of the government, he further added.
Former controversial CM of Bihar-Jitan Ram Manjhi too was present during the ceremony as he continued to fast, protesting against Kumar becoming the CM. Opposition BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav also wished the CM.