Six MPs from Bihar in PM Modi's Second Cabinet; No One from JD-U

NDA leaders swearing-in ceremony in Delhi on Thursday.

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Patna: Six Members of Parliament (MPs) from Bihar took the oath of office in the second term of Narendra Modi's cabinet on Thursday which is two less than the first cabinet formed in 2014.

All six ministers are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and none from the Janata Dal – U following Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's snub to one cabinet post offered to his party despite JD-U winning 16 of the 17 seats in Bihar.

Those from Bihar who were sworn-in at a mega event in New Delhi on Thursday included Patna Saheb MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, Giriraj Singh who defeated CPI's wonderkid Kanhaiya Kumar by a huge margin in Begusarai; R K Singh, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, and BJP state president Nityanand Rai, and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan.

Among other hopefuls who were left out included former cabinet minister Radha Mohan Singh, Ram Kripal Yadav, and Rajiv Pratap Rudy – all former ministers in the first cabinet of Modi.

Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar, the JD-U president, rejected an offer of a cabinet post to an MP from his party saying he would rather have none instead of just one position.

In a tweet, Kumar said that while he will continue to remain the part of the NDA, he chose not to be a part of the Modi cabinet. "I am neither angry, nor discontent. We will continue to be a part of the NDA but we won't be a part of the new cabinet," Kumar tweeted.

As reported, several JD-U leaders, including RCP Singh and Ramchandra Prasad Singh, were to reach the Prime Minister's residence on Thursday but no one from Nitish Kumar's party actually showed up.


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