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Bihar LIVE: Nitish Kumar’s new Cabinet likely to be dominated by RJD ministers

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Patna, Aug 11: According to broader contours of the power-sharing formula, the RJD will have the largest number of ministers, in recognition of the fact that it has a higher number of MLAs.

The JD(U) is likely to have 13 ministers, the RJD has settled for 16. The Congress will be given four berths, while former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) will have one member in the cabinet.

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3:32 PM, 11 Aug
"As long as I hold this post, won't make a statement outside," he says on the no-confidence motion against him.
3:31 PM, 11 Aug
CM has sent a letter. He has told us to convene the Assembly Session. Secretary has all details, once we get the file, we will know more: Vijay Kr Sinha, Bihar Speaker
11:43 AM, 11 Aug
Whenever he (Bihar CM Nitish Kumar) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister, he says things like this because his desire inspires him to betray the mandate of the people: Former Deputy CM of Bihar and BJP MLA Tarkishore Prasad, in Patna.
11:40 AM, 11 Aug
Day before y'day he (Bihar CM Nitish Kumar) accused BJP of attempting to break the JD(U) and he went quiet on the matter of corruption as if Lalu Prasad Yadav's family's corruption cases are now closed & they have become "clean": Former Dy CM of Bihar & BJP MLA Tarkishore Prasad.
11:40 AM, 11 Aug
"You heard a man (Sushil Modi) say that I wanted to be Vice President. What a joke! It's bogus. I had no such desire. Did they forget how much did our party support in Pres-VP polls?..Let them talk against me so that they get a position again," says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
11:39 AM, 11 Aug
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has rejected claims by BJP MP and his former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi that some people in Kumar's party gave feelers to nominate the Chief Minister for the Vice President's post.
11:46 PM, 10 Aug
A notice signed by several legislators of the Grand Alliance was submitted to the Assembly secretariat. The move was made hours after Nitish Kumar took oath as the chief minister of the Grand Alliance. “The motion against Sinha will be taken up by the House when it meets to enable Nitish Kumar to move a trust vote,” senior JD(U) leader Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said.
11:46 PM, 10 Aug
Bihar’s new ruling coalition, Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance), on Wednesday brought a no-confidence motion against Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha who is a BJP MLA, a senior JD(U) leader said.
10:25 PM, 10 Aug
"He has been a dear friend. Why was he not made the CM? Had he been appointed to the post, things would not have reached this stage," Nitish Kumar told reporters.
10:25 PM, 10 Aug
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that the BJP central leadership should have made Sushil Kumar Modi as the Chief Minister of Bihar after the 2020 Assembly polls instead of insisting that he run for another term in office.
8:22 PM, 10 Aug
The CPIML (L) Wednesday said it is seeking a common minimum programme from the new Bihar government while promising outside support to it. The party which has a dozen MLAs in Bihar assembly and was a key player in the drama surrounding Nitish Kumar’s move to embrace the `Mahagathbandhan’, said that it will work to provide a bridge between the civil society's demands and the new government in the state.
8:21 PM, 10 Aug
How can you guarantee that (Bihar CM) Nitish Kumar will not leave this coalition after 6-8 months. He's unpredictable. We've also changed political party but we've not changed like him. He is 'Margdarshak' for everybody who wants to change party every 6 months: Assam CM HB Sarma
8:19 PM, 10 Aug
I learnt a few days ago that a coup is being planned. In cricket terminology bouncer was bowled, but Jharkhandis played hook shot and the government in Bihar was gone: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
7:00 PM, 10 Aug
Donning an RJD scarf on his head and sporting a shirt with the party symbol –lantern- printed on it, the boy said, “I am very happy (‘Main Bahut Khush Hoon’)”. An RJD supporter from Jehanabad cycled 69 km with 50 supporters to witness the return of a government supported by his party. The die-hard supporter Vinay Bihari reached Raj Bhavan just in time for the swearing-in ceremony.
6:59 PM, 10 Aug
A resident of Pirmuhani in Patna, the little fan of Tejashwi, who was accompanied by his father, said, “I would like to present a bouquet to Tejashwi ‘Chacha’ (uncle) and congratulate him”.
6:08 PM, 10 Aug
They (BJP) wanted to topple the govt in Jharkhand, but their own govt collapsed (in Bihar). NDA's alliance partners are leaving it...be it Akali Dal, Shiv Sena & JDU. It's a message for 2024, people are disillusioned with Centre: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
5:59 PM, 10 Aug
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stands in the "front row" of the opposition camp along with Mamata Banerjee and others to end the "Modi raj" in the country in the 2024 general election, former BJP leader and now Trinamool Congress MP Shatrughan Sinha said on Wednesday.
5:18 PM, 10 Aug
"The return of the Grand Alliance in Bihar is a timely effort in the unity of secular and democratic forces of the country," he said.
5:18 PM, 10 Aug
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin says that the revival of the grand alliance in Bihar strengthened secular and democratic forces in the country. Stalin said on his Twitter handle: "Heartiest wishes to Thiru @NitishKumar and my brother @yadavtejashwi on taking oath as the CM & Dy CM of Bihar respectively."
4:58 PM, 10 Aug
Nitish Kumar didn't want to become CM in 2020 but you (BJP) forcefully made him CM... RCP Singh came to JDU as an agent of BJP. You (BJP) did not follow coalition dharma. We are not afraid of Income Tax, CBI and ED: JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh
4:00 PM, 10 Aug
Mahagathbandhan is so strong that BJP would be only one left for opposition in Vidhan Sabha... Difficult decision taken by CM Nitish Kumar is a decision which was needed. Communal tensions were being spread by BJP, they were trying to kill regional parties: Bihar Dy CM, T Yadav
3:52 PM, 10 Aug
Bihar did what country needs to do. We've shown them a way. Our fight has been against unemployment. Our CM felt pain of poor & youth. We'll give bumper jobs within one month to poor & youth, it'll be something so grand that its never happened before: Bihar Dy CM, Tejashwi Yadav
3:45 PM, 10 Aug
Today 'Palturam' became 'Kalturam'. I came to know that Lalu Yadav congratulated him (Nitish Kumar). Lalu Yadav once tweeted that he is a snake, like a snake sheds its skin, he sheds his alliance and takes a new one every two years: Union Min & BJP leader Giriraj Singh, in Patna
3:34 PM, 10 Aug
Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav reaches his mother, Rabri Devi's residence; party workers, locals hold huge celebrations outside the house, burn crackers
3:33 PM, 10 Aug
Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLC K Kavitha on Wednesday lauded Nitish Kumar for countering the "era of backdoor politics" in Bihar after he split from the NDA a day ago, and said that it is a "positive change" for the whole nation.
3:28 PM, 10 Aug
"The party made the decision together (to leave BJP). I did not want to be the Chief Minister after the previous election. But a lot of pressure was put on me to handle the post. When there were talks with them (points towards Tejashwi Yadav), the decision was made. whether I will stay or not (till 2024)...they can say what they want, but I will not live in the year 2014," the Chief Minister said.
2:46 PM, 10 Aug
Watch: Family of Bihar's Dy CM, Tejashwi Yadav reacts after oath ceremony.
2:43 PM, 10 Aug
The party made the decision together (to leave BJP)...whether I will stay or not (till 2024)...they can say what they want, but I will not live in the year 2014: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
2:40 PM, 10 Aug
He won in 2014, but should now worry about 2024: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar about PM Narendra Modi.
2:39 PM, 10 Aug
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav greet each other after the oath-taking ceremony, in Patna

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