Patna:JD-U stalwart Nitish Kumar on Friday, 20th
November 2015, again took oath as Bihar's chief minister for 5th
time, making his ally and RJD leader Lalu Prasad's son Tejaswi his deputy as
the state got its first coalition government of the JD-U, the RJD and the
In a clear admission of the role Lalu
Prasad played in routing the BJP in assembly elections, Tejaswi Yadav, 26, was
allocated the portfolios of PWD and forest and environment while elder son Tej
Pratap, 28, was named the health minister.
Nitish Kumar, 64, who headed the Grand
Alliance that worsted the Bharatiya Janata Party, kept with him the home,
information and public relations as well as general administration ministries.
Veteran RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui
got the finance portfolio. Congress leader Ashok Choudhary is the new education
Earlier, cheered by about one lakh supporters and watched by leaders of
a dozen parties, Nitish Kumar was sworn in by Governor Ram Nath Kovind at the
sprawling Gandhi Maidan at the head of a 28-member ministry.
Dressed in his usual white kurta
pyjama, the chief minister took the oath of office and secrecy in the name of
God at an event billed as the first major show of strength by non-BJP parties
since Narendra Modi became the prime minister last year.
It is the fifth time
engineer-turned-politician Nitish Kumar was sworn-in as the chief minister.
Lalu Prasad, whose RJD is the single
largest party in the 243-member house, appeared pleased when his sons took oath
immediately after Nitish Kumar.
Tej Pratap Yadav was interrupted twice
by Governor Kovind after he made a slip while taking his oath.
Besides Nitish Kumar, 12 legislators each
of the RJD and JD-U and four from the Congress were sworn in. Lalu Prasad's
sons got the maximum cheers after the chief minister from the boisterous crowd.
A virtual Who's Who of political
parties ranged against the BJP were present in strength at the Gandhi Maidan,
with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi making it to the venue only 30
minutes after it began.
Those present included Chief Ministers
Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Virbhadra Singh
(Himachal Pradesh), S. Siddaramaiah (Karnataka), Oommen Chandy (Kerala), Tarun
Gogoi (Assam), P.K. Chamling (Sikkim), O. Ibobi Singh (Manipur) and Nabam Tuki
The others were CPI-M's Sitaram
Yechury, CPI's D. Raja, former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, NCP chief Sharad
Pawar, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders Mallikarjun
Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad, M.K. Stalin of DMK and former Delhi chief minister
Representing Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on the dais was central minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.
A total of 12 non-BJP parties were in
attendance: JD-U, RJD, Congress, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI-M,
Janata Dal-S, NCP, DMK, CPI, National Conference and Sikkim Democratic Front.
Angry over his non-inclusion in the
council of ministers, JD-U leader and former minister Shayam Razak did not
attend the function.
The Grand Alliance won 178 of the 243
seats in the Bihar assembly. The BJP, which had hoped to oust Nitish Kumar,
bagged 53 seats while its three allies together got five seats.
The Bihar battle was the biggest
popularity test after the Delhi assembly election of February which the BJP
lost badly to the AAP.