Nitish cabinet expansion: Bhupendra Yadav’s Patna visit raises hopes
- A senior BJP leader said that the matter would be amicably resolved soon as it was in the interest of all NDA allies.
Amid continuing speculation over the delay in expansion of Nitish Kumar cabinet in Bihar, BJP Bihar in charge Bhupendra Yadav’s presence in Patna has once again raised hopes that it may happen soon along with the finalisation of nominations to the Bihar Legislative Council.
Though there is no confusion over the number of ministries each National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituent will get, the cabinet expansion is likely to onboard some new faces to maintain the social equation; and they will require to be inducted in the Upper House, said leaders aware of the matter.
The NDA nominations to Bihar Legislative Council’s 12 seats, vacant since May 2020, were earlier stuck due to the lack of agreement on seat-distribution among the three allies– the BJP, JD-U and the LJP. Now, the new government has got four constituents and the equations have changed.
According to a JD-U leader, since the council vacancies were created long before the 2020 Assembly elections, it should be filled on the basis of the numerical strength in the last assembly; otherwise, it should be divided equally.
A senior BJP leader, however, said that the matter would be amicably resolved soon, as it was in the interest of all. “May be, by the month-end, cabinet expansion will happen. The council nominations will also take place soon,” said a senior leader.
“Everything will happen at an appropriate time. There is no confusion,” said Bihar BJP president, Dr Sanjay Jaiswal.
Bihar deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad Singh was in Delhi last week, but he said he was there due to some personal matters. “Regarding the cabinet expansion and council nominations, senior leaders are looking into it. There is no issue,” he added.
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BJP has already shown its intention to give space to the new team. BJP national spokesman and former union minister Shahnawaz Hussain’s maiden entry into the council has also sparked off speculations about his induction in the Nitish cabinet. A few other new names are also doing the rounds.
In JD-U, Ashok Choudhary, who holds the portfolio of several ministries, is not a member of any House. Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) chief and animal husbandry minister Mukesh Sahni has got to the Council on the BJP seat from Benipatti by replacing Vinod Narayan Jha, who won the assembly elections held last year.
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- Kumar had earlier in his address referred to the Patna HC’s endeavour in 2006, soon after he took over the reins of the state, to help establish the rule of law by ensuring speedy trials so that wrongdoers could get punishment.
- In 2020, Patna scored 1552.11 out of 6,000 points with zero score in certification category.
- Rakesh Kumar Singh, former block pramukh told the IG that nothing had been done by the SHO to stop illegal activities in the village.
- Vitreoretinal disorders are a group of eye conditions concerning the retina and the vitreous in the eyes.
- Responding to concerns expressed by members across party lines, the minister assured the Legislative Council that he would personally look into the issue of inordinate delay in land mutations.
- A few non-medical faculties had previously got enrolled as assessors, prompting the NMC to be specific about excluding non-medical faculties.
- Bihar revenue department officials and some circle officers will enlist practical problems they might face in implementing the new process.
- The minister also admitted that about 63.5% of children in the age group of six months to five years were found to be anaemic in the state.
- Nitish Kumar said his government was working on an agreement with the Tata technical group for skilling the youth in the state in areas such as electric vehicles maintenance, advance welding, 3D printing etc.
- Petrol and diesel prices are much cheaper in neighbouring Nepal, which, ironically, imports almost all of its petroleum products from India.
- Deputy chief minister Tarkishore Prasad directed the forest department to develop parks for relaxation and rejuvenation. The decision was later approved by the state Cabinet.
- Both the Scorpio and truck were caught in a head on collision at a great speed which resulted in the deaths of six persons including the driver on the spot.