RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav, a first time MLA, has been made the deputy chief minister in the Bihar cabinet that took charge on Friday.
The announcement came hours after chief minister Nitish Kumar and 28 ministers of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance, which included Prasad’s two sons, Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, were sworn in.
Tejashwi, who was the second person to be sworn in after Kumar, will hold the road and building construction portfolios
Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav has been alloted the health department . Chief minister Kumar will keep the crucial home ministry.
Tej Pratap -- a school dropout-- had fumbled twice earlier while taking oath prompting Governor Ram Nath Kovind to correct him.
The selection of ministers was done keeping vote banks in mind with OBCs including Yadavs getting more prominence.
Besides Kumar, the ministry has 12 members each from RJD and JD(U) and four from Congress .
RJD won 80 seats in the Bihar poll followed by JD(U) 71 and Congress 27 totalling 178 in the 243-member legislative assembly
Even after emerging the single largest party, Prasad stuck to the pre-poll understanding that Kumar would be the chief minister. Since then there was speculation that Tejashwi would be made the deputy chief minister.
More ministers would be sworn in later as the cabinet can have a maximum of 36 members as per the number of seats in the Bihar assembly.